In 1914, King Vajiravudh, or King Rama VI of Siam, published a newspaper article titled \”The Jews of the East.\” In this article, Vajiravudh described three key characteristics of the Chinese in Siam: they did not assimilate to the Siamese society; they possessed superior attitude toward non-Chinese, and they had a highly mercenary approach to the business. He claimed that, \”Money is their God. Life itself is of little value compared with the leanest bank account.\”
Why did King Vajiravudh call the Chinese Jews of the East? How did the Siamese episode differ from similar discourse about Asian immigrants in other contemporary European colonies in this region? And what were the commonalities? Make a comparision, and pay special attention to the fact that Siam was the only country in Southeast Asia that was NOT colonised during this period.
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