Tead Off wrote:theredbaron wrote:TIM wrote:Tead Off wrote:Very good points, Gingko. Here in SE Asia, the emigrant Chinese are quite different from N. America. In N. America, they face a different kind of brainwashing than what goes on here.
You sounded like a colonial plantation manager Tead... Seriously
I don't know much about the US, but the brainwashing/state propaganda that has been going on here in Thailand for decades is quite overwhelming, and almost unbearable. Not all countries are free...
Wasn't saying one was better than the other, just different. In the U.S., there is more of a disconnect from the country of origin. I am eastern European by descent. I knew nothing of my origin growing up. My wife is Cantonese, ABC. She didn't even learn Cantonese growing up yet her parents are both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers. This was within one generation.
Many young Thai Chinese have very little idea about their heritage. Part reason for this was somewhat forced assimilation during the communist insurgency days in the 60's to the 80's. Advantage is that here in SEA people of Chinese descent are more assimilated than in any other country, and whatever other social and political problems Thailand has - anti-Chinese riots such as happened in Indonesia, and could also happen in Malaysia, are here quite unthinkable. Disadvantage is obvious, while in neighboring Malaysia, Chinese culture is blooming, especially also tea culture, here is a bit of a cultural wasteland, especially in terms of tea culture.