Joss Paper and Air Pollution Awareness


  • Anna Kuebel Lecturer, Department of German Language, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University
  • Nawat Lertsawaengkit Asst.Prof., Department of Drama and Music, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University


Joss paper, Chinese culture, Particulate Matter (PM 2.5)


This article aims to present the state of research on practicing Chinese cultural rituals in Thailand that affects the environment and consider methods to decrease the pollution caused by performing these rituals. Moreover, the immigration of Chinese to Thailand, the rolls of Joss paper in Chinese culture and the effects of performing Chinese rituals are also mentioned. The Chinese cultural activity this article focusses on is burning joss paper toexpress dedication to one’s ancestors and the environmental effect thereof, namely causing Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) by burning the paper. The following methods to decrease pollution from burning joss paper are suggested by the Thai and Hong Kong Governments as well as researchers: 1) avoid burning the paper 2) burn joss paper in a closed furnace with a filtering system 3) produce joss paper from eco-friendly materials.


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How to Cite

Kuebel, A., & Lertsawaengkit, N. (2021). Joss Paper and Air Pollution Awareness. Journal of the Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University, 43(2), 175–186. Retrieved from



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