25 November 2015

Dancing with the Thai Chinese

The Thai Chinese are Thais descended from various Chinese ethnic groups, particularly Han Chinese. Thailand is home to the largest overseas Chinese community in the world with a population of approximately ten million people, accounting for c. 15 percent of the Thai population. It is also the oldest, most prominent, and best integrated overseas Chinese community. They have been deeply ingrained into all elements of the Thai society over the past 200 years.

Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Doi Hua Mae Kham; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; Thai Chinese people; Thai Chinese girl; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; female; Nikon D3100; closeup; traditional Chinese costume; smiling; beautiful; red; Chinese dress; parasol; red Chinese dress; floral hair wreath; Thai people of Chinese origin; Bua Tong Festival
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Doi Hua Mae Kham; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; Thai Chinese people; Thai Chinese girl; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; female; Nikon D3100; closeup; traditional Chinese costume; smiling; beautiful; red; Chinese dress; parasol; red Chinese dress; floral hair wreath; Thai people of Chinese origin; Bua Tong Festival
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Doi Hua Mae Kham; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; Thai Chinese people; Thai Chinese girl; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; female; Nikon D3100; closeup; traditional Chinese costume; smiling; beautiful; red; Chinese dress; parasol; red Chinese dress; floral hair wreath; Thai people of Chinese origin; Bua Tong Festival
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Doi Hua Mae Kham; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; Thai Chinese people; Thai Chinese girl; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; female; Nikon D3100; closeup; traditional Chinese costume; smiling; beautiful; red; Chinese dress; parasol; red Chinese dress; floral hair wreath; Thai people of Chinese origin; Bua Tong Festival
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Doi Hua Mae Kham; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; Thai Chinese people; Thai Chinese girl; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; female; Nikon D3100; closeup; traditional Chinese costume; smiling; beautiful; red; Chinese dress; parasol; red Chinese dress; floral hair wreath; Thai people of Chinese origin; Bua Tong Festival



























Besides the distinctive Thai hill tribes (e.g. Akha, Lahu, Karen, H'mong/Miao, Mien/Yao, Lisu), the Thai Chinese are one of the culturally, historically and linguistically most interesting ethnic groups in the Thai Highlands.

Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Doi Hua Mae Kham; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; Thai Chinese people; Thai Chinese girl; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; female; Nikon D3100; closeup; traditional Chinese costume; smiling; beautiful; Thai people of Chinese origin; Bua Tong Festival
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Doi Hua Mae Kham; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; adult; Hmong woman; Hmong people; tribal; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnic minority; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; female; Nikon D3100; Thai hilltribes; closeup; traditional Hmong costume; Hmong headdress; smiling; beautiful; young woman; Bua Tong Festival
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Doi Hua Mae Kham; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; adult; Blue Hmong woman; Blue Hmong people; tribal; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnic minority; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; female; Nikon D3100; Thai hilltribes; closeup; traditional Hmong costume; Hmong headdress; make-up; blue; smiling; mature woman; Bua Tong Festival



























Cross-border tourism and visitors from other Chinese ethnic groups and ethnic minorities are a significant factor for the ongoing development of Northern Thailand.

Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Mae Salong; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; adult; Sani Yi man; Sani Yi people; tribal; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnic minority; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; male; Nikon D3100; closeup; traditional Sani Yi costume
Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; Asia; Golden Triangle; Mae Salong; Northern Thailand; 50 mm prime lens; adult; Sani Yi woman; Sani Yi people; tribal; travel; travel destination; tourism; ethnic; ethnic minority; ethnology; colour; street portrait; headshot; culture; world cultures; ethnotourism; eye contact; face; female; Nikon D3100; closeup; traditional Sani Yi costume

























“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.”


Portrait photographs of Southeast Asian ethnic minorities in Matt Hahnewald's

Portrait photographs of Thai Chinese people in Matt Hahnewald's

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