Alternate Identities: The Chinese of Contemporary Thailand

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Chee Kiong Tong, Kwok B. Chan
BRILL, 2001 - Social Science - 329 pages
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The first of the "Asian Science Series," this book explores the question: Who are the Chinese in Thailand? Are they "assimilated Thais" or are they "Chinese" living in Thailand? Does their being "in" Thailand make them "of" Thailand? Through a collection of authoritative essays, this book explores how the Chinese of Thailand constantly alternate their positions within the fabric of the Thai society. For those seeking the composite image of what it means to be a Chinese, this book holds up many intriguing mirrors. This is a co-publication with Times Academic Press
 

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Contents

A PreHistory of Chineseness
41
Chinese Identity in Thailand
67
Chinese Settlers and their Role
85
Ethnicity and World View in Bangkok
107
Chinese
137
SinoThai Entrepreneurs and
169
Preservation of Ethnic Identity
189
Chinese Literacy in a Bangkok
203
Civic Identity
227
Tradition Identity and Religious
299
Index
319
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Tong Chee Kiong is Associate Professor and lectures Sociology at the National University of Singapore. Professor Chan Kwok Bun is Professor at the Baptist University Hong-Kong.

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