The Quest for Local Embeddedness: Recent Chinese Migrants in Thailand


About the Webinar

This webinar aims to shed light on new Chinese migrants known as the Xin yimin, who have been moving to Thailand since the 2000s, and the consequent issue of local embeddedness. Unlike previous overseas Chinese migrants who largely aimed to settle permanently in Thailand and consider themselves as Thai today as they hold Thai citizenship and speak the language, new Chinese migrants in Thailand are more transient in character. These new migrants consider local embeddedness with the Thai locals to be a challenge due to the language barrier and existing negative stereotypes about foreign Chinese.

Using case studies of guardian-parent support groups and religion-based communities in Chiang Mai, Dr Aranya Siriphon argues that new Chinese migrants in Thailand have formed what can be considered a ‘parallel community’, where new Chinese migrants seek each other out and interact with one another for their social needs, instead of embedding with the locals.

About the Speaker

Dr Aranya Siriphon is Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. She is also Associate Professor at Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Northern Thailand. Her research interest includes border and transborder studies, Ethnicity, and Chinese migration in Mainland Southeast Asia. She obtained her MA (2002) and PhD degree (2008) from Chiang Mai University.


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Feb 15 2022


10:00 am - 11:00 am