By Kwok-bun Chan
Drawing upon wide-ranging case learn fabric, the book explores the ever-changing own and cultural id of chinese language migrants and the various cosmopolitan groups they bring about. a number of the types of newly-forged groups are tested with the additional size of non-public identification and the individual's position in society. With specific emphasis at the altering face of chinese language ethnicity in a number tested areas of convergence, Chan attracts on vast event and information within the box to convey the reader a clean, attention-grabbing and eventually very human research of migration, tradition, identification and the self.
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Chinese identities, ethnicity and cosmopolitanism 30 Many Chinese claim that they make regular donations to the Thai wats. The Chinese celebrate both the Chinese New Year and the Thai New Year. Even at funerals, the Chinese perform rituals that are distinctly Chinese in origin and content but are carried out in Thai ways. Undoubtedly, Chinese ritualistic behaviours in a Thai setting testify to an overt mixture of Chinese and Thai customs. Yet, this mixture does not mean the demise of Chinese rituals nor their replacement by Thai ones, but a modification and adaptation of both customs to become ‘part Chinese and part Thai’.
All of them search sophisticated dictionaries to find lengthy Thai names and surnames in order to appear more Thai, with the result that now one can recognise really the true Thais only by their short surnames. One Chinese businessman said: The Chinese are the masters of the business world. When the Thais feel that they cannot get into business, they say that the Chinese are crude, only interested in making money. One Thai person remarked: People realise that there are differences between the Chinese and the Thais.
While relations within ethnic groups are essentially co-operative, intergroup relations are typically characterised by competition and conflict, which is visibly observable along the fringes, in common public places where boundaries intersect and overlap. Sometimes, competition and conflict are muted. As van den Berghe (1978:409) puts it, ‘ethnic groups may enter a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship based, for instance, on the exploitation of two specialised and noncompetitive niches in the same market’.
Chinese Identities, Ethnicity and Cosmopolitanism (Chinese Worlds) by Kwok-bun Chan