Mixing blood

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In Thailand, the Chinese are a market-dominant minorities: they constitutes a small fraction of the population, but still control almost its entire economy. An interesting features about Thailand is that its market-dominant minority is very well accepted, where as market-dominant minorities like the United States are met with hate and resentment. This presentation explores racial assimilation as a factor of acceptance over the course of Thailand’s history. It also takes a look at current problems with assimilation in Thailand, analyzing the situation of the Muslim-Malay’s insurgency’s fight against Thai-Buddhist assimilation.

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Mixing blood

  1. 1. Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Software http://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only. } Introduction } Developing Countries and Market Domination } Asian Tigers } Thailand: An exceptional Case } Thailand and how they differ? Assimilation, Globalization and the Case of Thailand Helen Laycock, Gilian Ortillan and Krista Lambert} Not all developing } Increased growth rates, Stats: countries have market- suggest that China will } Hong Kong: dominant minorities develop like Japan, ◦ English and Chinese are} China South Korea, Hong prosperous ◦ Does not have any Kong, Taiwan- not economically powerful } Taiwan, Han Chinese ethnic minorities considered developing ◦ Constitute 99% of the ◦ Has other problems: country- Asian Tigers population corruption, wealth ◦ 1% non Han aborigines inequalities } Japan and Korea are } Singapore ◦ Does not have the practically nonexistent problem of a market- ◦ Chinese constitutes 77% dominant minority of population and quite stable} Facts about Thailand: } Rates of intermarriage is 0 ◦ Shares a wildly ◦ Thailand very common for intermarriages disproportionate wealth market dominant Chinese minority } Work separately from each other ◦ Chinese are only 10% of ◦ Why: Pork Factor population- control lots ◦ Thai Chinese speak only Thai } Conflict between Chinese and indigenous ◦ Lots of intermarriage Thais are civilized between Chinese and ◦ Some conflict due to the ambivalence towards the Thai Thai Chinese
  2. 2. Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Software http://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only.} Chinese Nationality Laws } Forced Assimilation ◦ Education System} Thai Response ◦ “The Jews of the East” } Anti-Chinese Economic Policies ◦ Industries nationalized ◦ “Out-Thai the Thai”} Thai-Chinese are now reclaiming their } The Malay identify with Muslim and Malay Chinese identity. customs more so than Buddhist Thai ones.} Nonetheless, there are still restrictions on the } Buddhists being attacked by Muslims in use of Chinese languages. Southern Thailand.} A new separatist movement has been ◦ Buddhist temples closed and monks killed instigated by the Muslim Malay in Southern ◦ Schools burned down and teachers killed Thailand against the Buddhist Thai people. } This November: peace talks between the Thai government and Southern Muslim groups.} “Mixing blood” and forced assimilation aren’t } What could be an alternative to assimilation? the antidotes to all political and social problems. } Discuss nationality laws as a tactic of} Ethnicity is powerful social force, but is also a preserving a culture. How is it effective and double-edged sword. how does it hurt the culture?

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