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The Lost TerritoriesThailand's History of National Humiliation$
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Shane Strate

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838911

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838911.001.0001

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The Lost Territories

Shane Strate

University of Hawai'i Press

The flare-up of Thailand’s border dispute with Cambodia in 2008 indicates that the imagery of the lost territories remains a powerful force in Thai politics. Groups like the People’s Alliance for Democracy continue to employ National Humiliation discourse to redefine state identity, arguing that the nation must embrace its narrow vision of unity or the country’s sacred boundaries could be violated once again. The image of the lost territories appears on protest signs, museum exhibits, and even a series of youtube videos that claim to document Thailand’s history of territorial dismemberment. Those individuals, including academics, who dare to challenge this narrative are accused of ‘selling the nation’ in favor of personal interests.

Keywords:   Preah Vihear, PAD (People’s Alliance for Democracy), National Humiliation, chosen myth, chosen trauma, lèse majesté

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