Beyond Jews of the Orient: A New Interpretation of the Problematic Relationship between the Thai State and Its Ethnic Chinese Community

  title={Beyond Jews of the Orient: A New Interpretation of the Problematic Relationship between the Thai State and Its Ethnic Chinese Community},
  author={Wasana Wongsurawat},
  journal={positions: east asia cultures critique},
  pages={555 - 582}
Abstract: “Jews of the Orient,” the infamous and highly polemical article penned by King Vajiravudh Rama VI of Siam and first published in one of the nation’s leading newspapers in 1914 has long been employed as the fundamental evidence of the innate anti-Chinese nature of Siam’s particular brand of royalist nationalism. The general line of the argument based on the interpretation of Vajiravudh’s infamous articles is the king singled out the ethnic Chinese—known to be the largest ethnic… Expand
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