ASIAN REVIEW 2020-10-06T08:51:47+07:00 Jirayudh Sinthuphan Open Journal Systems <p>All research articles have undergone double-peereview, based on initial editor screening before refereeing by two anonymous rdferees. Articles and reviews in Asian Review reflect the opintons of the contributor. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission from the publish</p> Introduction 2020-09-22T15:31:29+07:00 Jirayudh Jirayudh Sinthuphan 2020-09-11T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University Toward a Language Education Policy for Immigrants in Thailand: Lessons Learnt from Europe and Canada with a Case Study of Phuket Island 2020-09-21T14:05:20+07:00 Saranya Pathanasin Sureerat Jittasatian <p>Phuket, the most famous tourist island in Thailand, receives a large number of immigrants, especially from Myanmar, into its workforce. As a result, related immigration concerns are often linked to education.&nbsp; As such, a high number of children of these immigrants are not directly accepted by and assisted with suitable arrangements into local schools despite a linguistic priority which has been accepted internationally as a human right that children should learn in their mother tongue for improved educational success. In this study, the issue is approached by presenting a brief review of mother tongue instruction in Europe<br>and Canada with the aim to posit for Thai policy makers to consider initializing a suitable educational language policy specifically for the children of immigrants in Thailand by employing Phuket Island as a case study. The advantages and drawbacks from western countries could provide lessons for Thailand in coping with the issue. It is proposed that enabling languages in education for immigrant children should be set out with a clear vision and strategy, and that also some<br>educational authority should be decentralized to local governments who can respond effectively to the needs of stakeholders in the areas.&nbsp; Moreover, budgetary and management plans are crucial for successful implementation. Lastly, appropriate international collaboration will drive the policy toward success. Hence, linguistic phenomena within immigration and minorities in Thailand, as well as in other ASEAN countries, could be approached by moving away from the historically European standard language center, as noted by Halliday (2007).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 2020-09-11T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University New Chinese Mobility and Religious Enchantment: Case study in Chiang Mai Province 2020-09-21T14:02:04+07:00 Lan Xiaoxia <p>This study examines the religious experiences of new Chinese immigrants in Thailand. In particular, the study explores changes in values and religions during their migration. The new Chinese mobility has been increasing dramatically in Thailand today.&nbsp; Approximately one hundred thousand Chinese migrants have flown to Bangkok and Thai large cities for mainly trans-national businesses, economic ventures and trading activities. Apart from these phenomena, it is interesting that in cultural and religious spheres, not only have Chinese churches been increasing, but also many new Chinese migrants have joined Chinese churches and Christian communities by converting to be Christian members. This article explores the situation of new Chinese migrants and their conversion<br>to Christianity in Chiang Mai, as a case study. I apply the concept of religious enchantment to examine how religious lives and religious activities of new Chinese migrants in Chiang Mai have emerged and what the roles of Chinese Christian churches are in encouraging the religious enchantment. I use qualitative interviews, observation and participatory research, while I myself was a volunteer at the Chinese churches in order to collect information over several months.<br>The paper finds that the Chinese churches have served an important role in institutionally guiding and shaping new Chinese migrants’ beliefs, values, attitudes, and religious practices. Also, that women take an important role in religious enchantment. Moreover, new Chinese immigrants themselves have engaged enthusiastically in Christian conversion in gaining a sense of morality from the nonreligious concerns in relation to religious subjectivity in the modern world.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2020-09-11T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University Exploring the Variety of Social Innovation Strategies: Case Studies from Thailand and Taiwan 2020-09-22T15:29:02+07:00 Istvan Rado Shekh Mohammad Altafur Rahman <p>There is widespread agreement among theorists of social innovation that the term encompasses both a product dimension to serve social needs, as well as a process dimension leading to the empowerment of vulnerable groups in society. This definition allows for a number of innovation strategies employed by social enterprises that fulfill these requirements. In this paper we will illustrate how these philosophical premises determine divergent conceptions of the product, process, and empowerment dimensions. Building on seven case studies of social enterprises in Thailand and Taiwan pursuing different social innovation approaches will show that it can be understood as either empowerment of a local community or as systemic change by achieving scale. Both understandings have repercussions on how products and processes are understood across different social innovation approaches. By contrasting the manifestations of these defining features across the social innovation approaches we will attempt to construct a comparative framework in order to understand the relationship<br>between strategic choice and type of impact.</p> 2020-09-11T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University Postcolonialism and the study of Indology in India: A Reading of Selected Works of K. K. Handiqui 2020-10-06T08:51:47+07:00 Bedika Bhattacharjee <p>Postcolonialism as a field of studies has not only evolved as a mean to understand the process of control and exploitation of colonizers, but it has also posited counter-readings to the existing colonial discourse that has long dominated the colonized mind. Postcolonial counterreadings operate through various means and agencies such as myths, legends, language, history, science, mathematics, culture, art etc. The primary task of such postcolonial counter-readings is to posit a kind of resistance and an anti-imperial stance to ideological constructs that colonialism has offered. This article looks at this kind of anti-imperial stance in the field of Indology in India. It hypothesizes that Indological research can also be considered an important genre in postcolonial studies as it posits an anti-imperial stance to the existing colonial discourses. In connection to this, a notable body of scholarship by K. K. Handiqui, an eminent Indologist of twentieth century Assam, India proves to be a significant area of study and research where elements of postcolonialism can be traced.</p> 2020-09-11T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University Book Review: India-ASEAN Engagements: Economic and Social Dimensions 2020-09-21T14:56:44+07:00 Raj Kumar Kothari 2020-09-16T00:00:00+07:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University