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Han Chinese

April 22, 2008

It would be a mistake to just use Chinese as almost all the ethnic groups in Thailand have migrated from or through China sometime in the past. The more recent large scale Chinese migration into Thailand has been the Han ethnic group. This group forms about 92% of China’s population and 19% of the world’s population. The Hans have many sub-groups and do not all have a common language.

The massive influx of Hans is relatively new, coming in the 19th. and 20th. centuries. They probably formed about 10% – 12% of the Thai population at one time. Unlike in many neighbouring countries the Chinese married and assimilated easily into Thai culture although one still sees the Chinese heritage in the majority of successful businessmen here.

Many Thai Chinese were out in the streets for the Olympic flame’s run through Bangkok waving Chinese flags but I doubt many have much in common with those that still live in China, but I could be wrong.