Viet Kieu Families and the Pattern of Social Mobility in Thai Society
Krishna Thongkaew (Ph.D. Candidate in Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social
Sciences, Khon Kaen University)
Somsak Srisontisuk (Ph.D. Associate Prof, Correspondent author, Lecturer of Graduate School, Khon Kaen University)
Viyouth Chamruspanth (Ph.D. Assistant Prof, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and SocialSciences, Khon Kaen University)
IThe research article is a part of a Ph.D. dissertation titled "Social Mobility of
Viet Kieu Families in Thai Society", and aims to investigate patterns of Social Mobility
in the Viet Kieu Families. The study was conducted using qualitative approach.
Observation, Life history, In-depth interview, and group interview were used to collect
the research data.
Research results found that the background of the Viet Kieu Families has
developed based on the Ho Chi Minh doctrine. The doctrine has focused on ancestors,
families, societies, and homeland, described as "Patriotism, sedulity, thriftiness,
goodness", and "May the Vietnamese and the Thai live together peacefully". The
doctrine has appeared in the form of ancestor shrines in the Viet Kieu Families, and
has impacted on the internal conditions within families including structures, roles,
communications, values, power structures, network relationships, etc. When families
were faced with external challenges, they would remind themselves of the doctrine
and apply it for use in Thai Society in economic, social, political, and cultural terms
until they joined with Thai society.
Keywords: Social Mobility, Viet Kieu Families