The Construction of Images of Vietnam in Thai Writings

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เจิ่น เกิ๋ม ตู๊

Abstract

          This study aims to examine the images of Vietnam portrayed in Thai writings about Vietnam and to analyze the construction of such images. The corpus of Thai writings about Vietnam can be divided in 3 periods: (1) the Early Rattanakosin Era, (2) the Cold War Era, and (3) the Contemporary period (from the 1990s to 2015). Documentary research and textual analysis reveal that the pictures of Vietnam in the books of the first two periods are heavily affected by the nationalist mindset of either the feudal royal courts or the military governments. Therefore, Vietnam was seen as a patronised inferior, troublesome competitor for power, ideological enemy and communist threat. This mainstream perspective dominated despite that there were other voices about different aspects other than politics and ideology. The new context of eased atmosphere and warm relations since the early 1990s facilitate the Thai writers to travel to Vietnam and write from their first-hand experience. Reality-based images of Vietnam are comprised from a revisit of the Vietnam War, construction of opening and changing Vietnam from traditionality to modernity, and recognition of the Vietnamese as fighters in any circumstances. Details of the portrayal vary according to the writers’ views, attitudes, backgrounds and motivations. In general, they reflect positive Thai perceptions toward the neighbouring country.

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ตู๊เ. เ. (2020). The Construction of Images of Vietnam in Thai Writings. Journal of Humanities Naresuan University, 17(1), 35-52. Retrieved from https://so03.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jhnu/article/view/242355
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เจิ่น เกิ๋ม ตู๊

เจิ่น เกิ๋ม ตู๊

นิสิตปริญญาเอก สาขาวิชาไทยศึกษา (นานาชาติ) จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย

E-Mail:  trancamtu.thephin@gmail.com

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