The History of the Thai-Chinese

Wednesday 25th March 2015 by Lindsay

Praise for The History of the Thai-Chinese

The Chinese in Thailand have sunk deep roots and shared a rich history with Thai peoples at all levels. How and why this happened has been an inspiration to Chinese and other communities in the region for a long time. But no book illustrates and explains this phenomenon as well as this one. Its insights on what Thai-Chinese have contributed to their country as Sino-Thai are the most illuminating I have read and should reach the widest audience possible.

Wang Gungwu
University Professor 
National University of Singapore


The success of Southeast Asia remains a key mystery. One key to solving this mystery is to study the role of the Chinese diaspora. No country in Southeast Asia has been as successful as Thailand in integrating its Chinese community. This book provides deep insights into this process and should provide illuminating reading for anyone interested in Southeast Asian success stories. It is a must-read.

Kishore Mahbubani
Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
The author of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World


A History of the Thai Chinese, does a splendid job of filling the long-neglected gap in the studies of the ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia. Despite not having been fully colonized by the West and despite the relatively unproblematic ethnic and cultural assimilation, the anomalous history of the mysterious ethnic Chinese of Siam has been thoroughly investigated in the most meticulous and comprehensive manner. Thanks to Pimpraphai Bisalputra and Jeffrey Sun, this masterpiece has truly opened a much needed and much anticipated new horizon in the studies of the Chinese Diaspora.

Wasana Wongsurawat PhD.
Department of History
Faculty of Arts
Chulalongkorn University