The Chinese in southeast Asia c. 1980


The Chinese in southeast Asia


The map purports to identify the main areas of concentration of Chinese people in
southeast Asia, as well as other areas of Chinese settlement, apparently in about 1980.

The map does not distinguish between immigrants who originally came
from China, Han immigrants from China, the descendants of such people,
and people who speak a Chinese language as their mother tongue.

The criteria for determining the shading are also unstated.

According to the source, by the 1980s, there were 6 million “overseas
Chinese” in Thailand, 4 million in Malaysia, and more than 3 million
in Indonesia. The term overseas Chinese however is
similarly ambiguous.

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The Times Complete History of the World (2007), p. 311.