The Role and Status of the Vietnamese Community in Thailand: The Case Study of the Vietnamese People in Udon Thani


  • Phan Thị Hồng Xuân An Associate Professor of Faculty of Anthropology,the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Role, Position, Vietnamese, Udon Thani, Thailand


This paper on “The role and position of the Vietnamese community in Thailand: The case study of the Vietnamese people in Udon Thani” will be a valuable reference for the research of the Vietnamese community in Southeast Asia, especially in the current period. Conducting field research as participant observation and qualitative interviews, the paper refers to the development and strengthening of this community during the past 70 years, together with the pride of the origin and the awareness to preserve traditional cultural values of the country. Therefore, we can affirm that the Vietnamese community in Udon Thani is the important economic, political, cultural linkage which boosts the strategic partnership between the two countries; especially after 1988, when Mr. Chatichai became Thai Prime Minister, declaring the policy of “getting closer and turning Indochinese battle field into a promising market”.


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