A History of The Thai-Chinese

A HISTORY OF THE THAI-CHINESE

By Pimpraphai Bisalputra and Jeffery Sng

The appearance of a book with this title and with this weighty presence is at least as important as the contents. It is packed full of good stories, including some surprising ones like the man who smuggled his way into 1950s communist China, when most others were trying to smuggle their way out, because he was curious ... This book is a monument.


~ Chris Baker

HARDBACK EDITION
448 pp, 247 mm x 170 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4385-77-0
RRP USD39.90 buy from amazon

Category: History
Theme: Thailand

A History of the Thai-Chinese brings to life the rich stories and legends of the Thai-Chinese. This community has had a tremendous impact on Siamese history and modern-day Thailand. Well beyond Bangkok’s thriving Chinatown, the influence of Chinese immigration on the country has been profound. Many modern Thai leaders, including prime ministers, high-ranking officials and business leaders, are ethnic Chinese, and even the Thai royal family claims some Chinese lineage. 

Through interviews with descendants of prominent family members, research into family records, oral reports and other sources, A History of the Thai-Chinese relates how a people and a country embraced the opportunities afforded by the other.

 

 

The appearance of a book with this title and with this weighty presence is at least as important as the contents. It is packed full of good stories, including some surprising ones like the man who smuggled his way into 1950s communist China, when most others were trying to smuggle their way out, because he was curious ... This book is a monument.


Bangkok Post 2015-05-04
- Chris Baker

Pimpraphai Bisalputra and Jeffery Sng are experts in the histories of the Chinese diaspora and Thailand. Pimpraphai is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cornell University who has published extensively on these subjects in the Thai language.  Sng is a graduate of Singapore University and Cornell University with a PhD in Southeast Asian studies. He has written many articles on the Chinese diaspora, the Thai-Chinese business community, Chinese handicrafts and Bangkok’s Chinatown. 

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