The Chinese in Cambodia

The Chinese in Cambodia

Language: English

Pages: 132


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term 'Cambodian' applies to anything relating to the country as a whole. This parallels the distinction between Malay and Malaysian made by English writers to differentiate between the ethnic group of Malays and the citizens of the country. Thus, a Chinese may be a Cambodian if he is a citizen of the country, but he cannot be a Khmer. 1 Some writers insist that the term hui-guan refers to a building rather than an association (e.g. Kat6, 45), but in usage among overseas Chinese with whom I am

Informants asserted that the large amount of money was necessary because few Chinese could pass the Cambodian language requirement, which are very stringent unless one pays.21 As under French rule, aliens in Cambodia are not permitted to own urban or rural land or buildings following a law promulgated February 20, 1958, by King Norodom Suramarit (JOC 1958, Kram 254-NS). This law states that property can be sold only to Cambodians or Cambodian companies, and limits leases to ninety-nine years in

similar to that in Phnom-Penh though smaller in scale. Chinese communities in small centres, however, are faced with somewhat different problems from those confronting the large and complex 12 A separate, and far smaller associational structure linked those few associations whose leaders were pro-Kuomingtang, which included a newspaper, several schools, and three or four sports clubs. Although some pro-Kuomintang leaders were among the thousand members of the Hospital Committee, the degree of

sympathies and admiration for their motherland, they would not enjoy the prospect of living under such a regime. The present pro-China neutrality of Cambodia both allows them that expression and forestalls that prospect. There is therefore good reason for the Chinese in Cambodia to support Prince Sihanouk. 10 The most recent comprehensive study of Cambodian foreign policy is provided by Professor Roger ^Smith. Armstrong discusses the reasons for Cambodian neutrality at length, see especially

France d'Outre-Mer (Institut des Hautes Etudes d'Outre-Mer), 83 pp. Beriault, Raymond, Khmers, Montreal: Editions Lemeac, 1957, 256 pp., illus. Boeke, J. H., Economics and economic policy of dual societies as exemplified by Indonesia, Haarlem: H. D. Tjeenk Willink & Zoon N.V., 1953, 324 pp., index. Bose, Phanindra Nath, The Hindu colony of Cambodia, Adyar, Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1927, 410 pp. Boudet, Paul, 'La conquete de la Cochinchine par les Nguyen et le role des emigres

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