This article explores the process leading to perceptual change towards the Chinese in Thailand in the 1980s. From being the “other” who were marginalized from Thai national imagination, a convergence of exogenous and endogenous factors beginning in the 1970s has significantly transformed the Chinese into a part of the Thai nation. The changing landscape of Thai history during the 1970s to the 1980s and the normalization of Sino-Thai relationships played a significant role in this process. The popular uprising in October 1973 tremendously affected Thai academia, especially in the history field, leading to the inclusion of the Chinese as a historical agent in Thai history. Simultaneously, the change in international politics, especially the normalization of diplomatic relations between Thailand and China, opened a floodgate for new sets of knowledge on Thai history that paved the way for the inclusion of the Chinese into Thai history.
(Published in Rian Thai: International Journal of Thai Studies, Volume 10/2017 (Number 1), Page 99-116)
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