Anti-Thai sentiment

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Anti-Thai sentiment involves hostility or hatred that is directed towards people in Thailand (usually refer to Thai Chinese and Siamese), or the state of Thailand.

Incidents by country[edit]


The hatred toward Thais in Cambodia had existed since the late Khmer Empire. Siamese force under the Ayutthaya Kingdom had overrun Khmer Empire many times, leaving a big scar over Cambodia. Siam also occupied Cambodia on the history as well, turning Cambodians against Thais.

Anti-Thai sentiment began to flare in Cambodia because of Cambodians' fear of Thai designs on western Cambodia.[1] That led to a violent protest in January 2003 in which the Thai embassy was burned and Thai businesses were vandalised after a Cambodian newspaper article falsely alleged that a Thai actress had claimed that Angkor Wat belonged to Thailand and that it should take over the ancient temple.[2][3] The hatred towards Thai people from the Cambodians would escalate in 2008, when both countries were involved in the conflict on the ownership of Preah Vihear Temple.[4]


Animosity towards the Thai in China 1934 caused by forced assimilation Chinese people in country by Thai authorities. Some of the Chinese who had been deported from Thailand began to spread anti-Thai sentiment in China and called for an immediate boycott from the Chinese authorities to all products that been imported from Thailand.[5]


Since ancient times, Laos has been against Siamese territorial expansions although both shared the similar religion and there was even a request from Laotians to the French colonial authorities for a recovery of lost territory on the Khorat Plateau and of the Emerald Buddha from Siam.[6] After achieving independence under communism, the present Laos government are much more sympathetic to Vietnam, and there is a rejection from Laotians towards Thailand, which is a democratic country.[7]


Both nations shared the same religion and were involved in several wars in the past. In the present, there is more anti-Myanmar sentiment in Thailand than anti-Thai sentiment in Myanmar, as is shown by the publications of Thai school textbooks, films and media reports. The Myanmar government does not regard Thailand as its main enemy but does not consider Thailand as a "trusted friend" either.[8]


Due to the later conflicts between two nations since 18th century, there is a rising anti-Thai sentiment among Vietnamese population, both in Vietnam and abroad. Overseas Vietnamese stereotyped Thais as pirates, barbarians due to its atrocities on Vietnamese boat people in the 1980s.[9] Vietnamese from Vietnam have charged Thailand as a politically-treacherous nation with a tendency of siding with the winners in wars, its involvement in Vietnam War and recent football rivalry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Donald E. Weatherbee (17 October 2008). International Relations in Southeast Asia: The Struggle for Autonomy. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-0-7425-5739-0.
  2. ^ "Whose Angkor Wat?". The Economist. 30 January 2003. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. ^ David Barboza (19 April 2003). "Cambodian Pique at Thais Lingers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  4. ^ Simon Montlake (22 July 2008). "Why Thai-Cambodian temple dispute lingers". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  5. ^ Seung-Joon Lee (5 January 2011). Gourmets in the Land of Famine: The Culture and Politics of Rice in Modern Canton. Stanford University Press. pp. 172–. ISBN 978-0-8047-7226-6.
  6. ^ Søren Ivarsson (January 2008). Creating Laos: The Making of a Lao Space Between Indochina and Siam, 1860-1945. NIAS Press. pp. 166–. ISBN 978-87-7694-023-2.
  7. ^ Keat Gin Ooi (2004). Southeast Asia: A Historical Encyclopedia, from Angkor Wat to East Timor. ABC-CLIO. pp. 772–. ISBN 978-1-57607-770-2.
  8. ^ N Ganesan (27 July 2015). Bilateral Legacies in East and Southeast Asia. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 122–. ISBN 978-981-4620-41-3.
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