I would like to comment on Kenneth T So's article, "The
Khmer home in Southeast Asia: a wider view".
I do not argue about his
viewpoint but I just want to make one correction: that he says the Thais are not
native to Southeast Asia.
Of course, there are conflicting opinions as to
the origins of the Thais.
Three decades ago it could be said with
presumed certainty that the Thais originated in northwestern Szechuan in China
about 4,500 years ago and later migrated down to their present
However, this theory has been altered by the discovery of
remarkable prehistoric artifacts in the village of Ban Chiang in the Nong Han
District of Udon Thani province in the Northeast.
These include evidence
of bronze metallurgy going back 3,500 years, as well as other indications of a
far more sophisticated culture than any originated here in Thailand and later
scattered to various parts of Asia, including some parts of China.
originality of the Thais to Southeast Asia has been further studied and
Chakri Thamasat, Japan