Communication for Maintaining Ethnic Identity of the Siamese-Malaysian Community in Malaysia


This article explains that in the changing context of society the Siamese-Malaysian community can maintain their efficient community among the multi-cultural races. They have cultivated and built the awareness of historical context in order to construct the collective meaning of their ethnicity. They conserve cultural context that is the meaning and value of their national origin. The Siamese-Malaysian community employs a relational context, which is the strong involvement, of social relations with relatives and there is a communication context that promotes the community development with efficiency. According to the basic concept identity has several dimensions and they are dynamically changing with the situation and environmental context. The Siamese-Malaysian community reflects their identity based on race, nationalism and nation state in multiple-facet. This process depends on cultivating traditional media and the facilitation of the characteristics to relate and integrate new media that takes the role to continue maintaining the Thai identity in the Malayu land reflecting the civilization under globalization currents. Also, when using communication as an indicator, it reflects that Siamese-Malaysian identity is as citizens of Malaysia in economic and political dimensions, while their race identity is in religious and cultural dimensions. Therefore, it is because a multicultural society is not only accepting of the cultural differences but also it depends on adding a social space for ethic groups. It can display a variety of their own identities more smoothly and intricately separately. Siamese-Malaysian communities can coexist with the various ethnic groups in Malaysia with reconciliation.

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Thatsanawadi Kaeosanit, National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand

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Conference: MediAsia2014
Stream: Critical and Cultural Studies

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