From Siamese-Chinese to Chinese-Thai: Political Conditions and Identity Shifts among the Chinese in Thailand

  • Supang Chantavanich
  • Anusorn Limmanee


“Siamese-Chinese” or Jin-Sayam (in Thai), or Sian Hua (暹华 in Chinese) was the name that the overseas Chinese in Thailand called themselves. It might be Sheow Hut-seng, a Hokkien scholar who was editor of the Siamese-Chinese Magazine (Hua Sian Sin Po 华暹新报), who introduced the term. King Wachirawut of Siam, using a pen-name, criticized the term as one connoting a new Thai breed whom one could not guess when they would consider themselves as Thai and when as expatriate. The dubious name thus represented a group of undesirable people who overtly showed that they were watching the way the wind was blowing. According to King Wachirawut, these Siamese-Chinese could become Thai only when they proved their allegiance to Thailand, not China.1


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  • Supang Chantavanich
  • Anusorn Limmanee

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