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Handbook of Religion and the Asian CityAspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281226

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281226.001.0001

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The Urban Development and Heritage Contestation of Bangkok’s Chinatown

The Urban Development and Heritage Contestation of Bangkok’s Chinatown

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(p.168) 9 The Urban Development and Heritage Contestation of Bangkok’s Chinatown
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Handbook of Religion and the Asian City
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Tiamsoon Sirisrisak

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281226.003.0009

This chapter examines the impact of urban development on the heritage of Bangkok's Chinatown. It begins with an overview of the urbanization of Bangkok before discussing the situation of old Bangkok in both Rattanakosin and Chinatown. It then considers a number of issues relating to Chinatown, including Thailand's assimilation policy and the Chinese immigrants' adaptation to Thai society. It also looks at the case of heritage contestation in Charoenchai, in the heart of Chinatown, and the community's struggle in keeping up with the pace of change brought about by the extension of the train network. In particular, it explores the implications of the extended train network and the new land use plan for Chinatown's historic communities and local heritage.

Keywords:   urban development, Bangkok, Chinatown, urbanization, Thailand, Chinese immigrants, train network, land use plan, historic communities, local heritage

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