themselves as Thai has been important to establishing the culture. King Taksin was a great military leader that preserved the people from the invasion of the Burmese. The Thai Culture is very hierarchical, requiring the people to live within their social status, and the Chinese Confucianism’s similarities should not be overlooked. Over the past century Thailand has to exercise aggressive measures to assimilate the Chinese people into its country as the immigration of Chinese was dissolute in the early years of the 20th Century. Conveniently in these years Chinese men immigrated a lot more than women as 2–3% of the Chinese immigrates were women. When the Chinese women immigration raised to 21% of the Chinese population in Thailand, the measures to limit the Chinese population were implemented in 1932. The assimilation of the Chinese in the Thai Culture has been successful as the Thai people of Chinese dissent do not consider themselves as Thai rather than Chinese. The distinction between the races has been increasingly blurred as the Chinese has to marry Thai women especially in the beginning when the Chinese women population was so low (Thomson 403). Thai Culture today can be partially seen as a Tourism dependent nation as it employees 15% of the population (Sohn). Since China is the most visiting nation, they are increasingly demanding accommodations (Tatlow). The commercialism of China is being seen more prevalently, and it cannot be said that it is not influencing the Thai culture and tourism. More on this will be explained in the economy argument of the research. As 40% of the population of Thailand is of Chinese dissent, the politics cannot be assumed that it is purely designed by Thai people (Luangthomkun 191).
belief that the People's Alliance for Democracy, the Yellow shirts, conspired against him, pulling the strings to oust him politically. Andrew Nathan reviewed a document, saying a fruit of the instability of Thailand’s government and Thaksin Shinawatra’s policies is “an unresponsive, overcentralized local administrative system” (Nathan). The many Asian nations have had a hard time implementing democracy in their countries because there is a weak philosophy base of it. This difficulty to establish a stable democratic government can be linked to a long history of dynasties, and China cannot be excluded from that. Other extreme acts similar to China to preserve the state that Thailand does is implement harsh judgments on people that spread propaganda against the ruling monarchy with censorship. “The Committee to Protect Journalists…said, “By exporting censorship techniques, China plays a particularly harmful role worldwide.” In Thailand, meanwhile, nearly 75,000 Web sites are being blocked by the government, the committee says.” The Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act protects the dignity of the royal family, convicting 61 year old man Ampon Tangnoppakul for 20 years in prison for sending 4 text messages about the royalty. The content of the text was never discussed; furthermore, the man died in prison. Another journalist “Chiranuch Premchaiporn, a Webmaster who has been on trial for having 10 allegedly offensive comments on her highly popular news site, Prachatai. She is facing a possible 50 years in prison” (McDonald). The extents of China’s political influence on Thailand is unknown.