Fleeing One Homeland and Adopting Another: The Construction of State Identity in a Northern Thailand Village
Published by: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Imprint: Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers
Sales Date: 2023-09-29
Published: September 2023
Dimensions: 150.00 x 225.00
150.00 x 225.00 x 0.80 in
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This book focuses on the Han Chinese (mainly former Kuomintang troops and their family members as well as descendants) and cross-border ethic tribes (mainly Lahu people) of Yunnan origin now living in Meilianghe Village (Ban Huay Nam Khun) in northern Thailand. It is an ethnographic study of how this special group of people left Yunnan Province in Southwest China, migrated to northern Thailand via Myanmar, and underwent various survival predicaments before submitting to Thailand as its citizens. By analyzing multiple factors such as political events, state institutions, economic systems, and cultural influences related to these people’s escaping from one country and submitting to another country, this book explores the political and cultural dimensions required for the construction of state identity.
List of Figures – Introduction – Meilianghe Village amid Remote Mountains and Dense Forests – Displaced Peoples – From Myanmar to Thailand – From Problematic Hill Tribes to Royal Subjects – Granted Citizenship – I Am Thai — Adherence to the Chinese Culture – Conclusion.