The Sino-Portuguese Architectural Identity of Chinese Descendants and Sustainable Development in Phuket, Thailand

By Punya Tepsing and Thongphon Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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This study examines the identity of Sino-Portuguese architectural styles in Phuket and studies sustainable development in this region. This study uses both documentary research and field surveys, including in-depth interviews with 30 owners and 10 specialists who know well the cultural significance of Sino-Portuguese style buildings. We analyzed interview data with descriptive analysis. The results showed that the identities of Sino-Portuguese styles have their own unique design, such as windows, doors and roofs, and reflect Chinese beliefs about how to locate a building. In addition, for the sustainable development of the Sino-Portuguese architectural style, Chinese people in Phuket should work to protect and conserve their cultural heritage and the government should set policies to encourage people for preserve traditional cultural remnants.

Keywords: Sino-Portuguese Architecture, Identity, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 24, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 804.237KB)).

Punya Tepsing

Associate Professor, Research Center for Asia Pacific Development Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand

Punya Tepsing is an associate professor in cultural arts. He received a MEd in arts education from Chulalongkorn University and is a PhD candidate in arts and cultural research at Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand. He specializes in Asian arts and culture.

Assoc. Prof. Thongphon Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn

Assistant Professor, Institute for Peace Studies, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand

Dr. Thongphon Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn is a lecturer with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and director of the Research Center for Asia Pacific Development Studies at Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. He received his first PhD in development science from Khon Kaen University, Thailand, and his second doctoral degree in ancient Indian and Asian studies from Magadh University, India. He specializes in outsourcing management, organization development, public policy, and SME management