Examining the Continuity of Chinese Cultural Characteristics of the Thai-Chinese Community in Hat Yai Through the Chinese New Year Festival

Robert Cummings




This study examines the Chinese New Year Festival as celebrated in Hat Yai, Thailand to analyze the continuity and changes of Chinese-influenced cultural characteristics of the community. The practices maintained demonstrate distinguishing characteristics of 1) the prominent role of volunteer community organizations, 2) low uncertainty avoidance and syncretism, 3) long-term pragmatic orientation, and 4) competitiveness and power. Government and economic forces have challenged the continuity of the ethnic Chinese heritage, but practice of Chinese cultural traditions and identity as a distinct Thai-Chinese community remain strong.


(Published in Rian Thai: International Journal of Thai Studies, Volume 9/2016, Page 169-202)


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