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Introduction: Chinese Yunnan migrated into Thailand through Myanmar for different reasons, and have settled in mountainous areas in northern Thailand especially Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. Objective: The study aimed to understand the development and adaptation to the new environment and obtaining Thai citizenship among the Chinese Yunnan. Methods: A validated question guideline was used for gathering the information and an in-depth interview was done with 24 key informants including male and female of different age categories. Results: We found that after passing through the 3rd generation, Chinese Yunnan have become Thai-Chinese Yunnan completely, integrated aspects of Thai culture, education, politics, trade and enjoy the same rights as Thai people. Currently, they feel themselves Thai and pound of to be Thai. However, most of Thai-Chinese Yunnan still maintain some Chinese identity through local language, local food, traditional and cultural patterns. Conclusion: After passing for years, the Thai-Chinese Yunnan are completely become Thai but still maintain their cultures and some life styles.
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