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Friday Forum: Nattaporn Luangpipat
November 11, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
“National Policies, Economic Realities, and the Shifting Acceptance of Mandarin and Chinese Dialects in Thailand”
Ph.D. Candidate in Composition and Rhetoric
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Language is an essential component in maintaining identity. Individuals and families make choices in languages spoken at home; however, sovereign states enact nationalistic policies to either foster a common tongue or eliminate languages deemed undesirable, particularly through schools. These policies, as rhetorical tools rationalizing the acquisition and suppression of Thai and Chinese languages, led to clashes between the desired national languages and dialects among Thai Chinese families in Thailand. This presentation highlights the shifting acceptance of Mandarin taught in schools and Chinese dialects used at home before, during, and after Phibun’s suppressive Thaification policies. At the same time, it connects national and international politics on language education and changing economic realities to the literacy and language of Thai Chinese families across generations.
This event is free and open to the public. A recording will be made available on the CSEAS YouTube channel following the event.