A Love-Hate Relationship: The Chinese in Vietnam

  • Chee Kiong Tong


Among all Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is unique in that it is the only state that was “conquered” and under direct rule by the Chinese. Moreover, the period of colonization lasted from the late second century to the early tenth century. This clearly will have an impact on the Chinese migrants in Vietnam. As such, unlike other Southeast Asian countries, there are cultural similarities between the Chinese and Vietnamese. Even so, the data suggest that there is an almost love hate relationship between the two groups. This is clearly evident in the primacy and politics of intermarriage. For the Chinese, intermarriage has the potential impact of eroding Chinese culture and ethnic identity, and there is resistance to intermarriage, particularly of Chinese women to Vietnamese men, to avoid the loss of sons and grandchildren.


Ethnic Identity Southeast Asian Country Chinese Community Khmer Rouge Vietnamese Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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