Language, as the primary means of communication, plays an integral part of people’s lives and interacts with other aspects, such as their assimilation into a cultural group and our identity formation. For the Thai-Chinese interviewees, their language choices actually have an influence on how they integrate into Hong Kong as well as the Thai community.
While some of the old generation speak Thai and Cantonese, especially the father or mother from Thai tradition, it is found that the second generation has an overall lower frequency of speaking Thai. Instead, their language choices are substituted by Cantonese, English, or a mixed form of both languages. Thus, a slight language shift is observed in the targeted families. Could it be assumed that the second generation experiences relatively higher social integration and assimilation with local Hong Kong people? On the other hand, could it be supposed their difficulty in connecting with Thai community?

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