Hegemonism in Thai Country Music A Lesson-Learned Implication in Intercultural Communication

Manachai Inkaew (1)
(1) Rattana Bundit University , Thailand

Abstract

This paper investigated Thailand's “hegemonism” towards its neighbors implicitly penned in two famous long-lasting Thai country songs composed in the 1980s. “Siam Muang Yim” or “Siam, the Land of Smiles” and “Sao Song Muang” or “Ladies of the Two Nations” were examined and analyzed mainly through the lens of discourse analysis by Van Dijk (2004). The findings indicated a strong formation of Thai national identity with a sense of habitual inferiorization perception towards the neighboring countries. The revealed outcome may trigger intercultural awareness through a realization of the existing hegemonic practices and attitudes. Lessons learned from ruinous past events may be able to enrich a peaceful and harmonious living among people in the region.

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Manachai Inkaew
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Author Biography

Manachai Inkaew, Rattana Bundit University

Manachai Inkaew holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English for Careers and a Ph.D. in English Language Studies from Thammasat University. He is currently a full time lecturer at the Business English Department, College of International Business, Rattana Bundit University. His research interest is intercultural communication.

Inkaew, M. (2018). Hegemonism in Thai Country Music A Lesson-Learned Implication in Intercultural Communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 18(2), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v18i2.758

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