Benedict Anderson: Outsider view of Thai politics | Prachatai English

Let me tell you a good story. Some  months ago, I had a long chat with a taxi driver who was taking me to Ngong Ngu Hao [Suvarnabhumi Airport]. He was  over 50 and came from Bangkok’s Chinatown. I asked  him what he thought of Thaksin, and his answer surprised me. “Thaksin is wonderful, I support him 100%.”  When I asked him why, he said Thaksin is a Hakka like me.  They are the best Chinese: brave, tough, honest, and  hardworking. Hakkas were the leaders of the great Tai P’ing rebellion which conquered South China and nearly toppled the Manchu Ch’ing dynasty.  His enemies here are Hokkiens, Hailamese, and Teochiu.  Aphisit’s family is Hokkien mixed with Vietnamese.  Sonthi Liem [Limthongkul] is a Hailamese.  Hokkiens are snobbish, lazy liars. Hailamese are dirty and opportunist.  The Teochiu are tricky and dishonest.”

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