Letters from Thailand

Author: Botan
Publisher: Silkworm Books
ISBN: 162840230X
Category: Fiction
Page: 424
View: 6899
When the original Thai version of Letters from Thailand appeared in Bangkok in 1969, it was promptly awarded the SEATO Prize for Thai Literature. Thirteen years later, it was translated into English to reach a much wider readership. Today, the book is still considered one of Thailand’s most entertaining and enduring modern novels, and one of the few portrayals of the immigrant Chinese experience in urban Thailand. Letters from Thailand is the story of Tan Suang U, a young man who leaves China to make his fortune in Thailand at the close of World War II, and ends up marrying, raising a family, and operating a successful business. The novel unfolds through his letters to his beloved mother in China. In Tan Suang U’s lively account of his daily life in Bangkok’s bustling Chiantown, larger and deeper themes emerge: his determination to succeed at business in this strange new culture; his hopes for his family; his resentment at how easily his children embrace urban Thai culture at the expense of the Chinese heritage which he holds dear; his inability to understand or adopt Thai ways; and his growing alienation from a society that is changing too fast for him.

Letters from Thailand

Author: Bōtan
Publisher: N.A
Category: Thai literature
Page: 391
View: 8312

Read till it shatters

Nationalism and identity in modern Thai literature
Author: Thak Chaloemtiarana
Publisher: ANU Press
ISBN: 1760462276
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 243
View: 1558
This book introduces readers to modern Thai literature through the themes of modernity, nationalism, identity and gender. In the cultural, political and social transformations that occurred in Thailand during the first half of the twentieth century, Thai literature was one of the vehicles that moved the changes. Taking seriously ‘read till it shatters’, a Thai phrase that instructs readers to take apart the text, to break it down, to deconstruct it, Thak Chaloemtiarana challenges the Thai literary canon from the margins and suggests ways of expanding and enriching it. Thai literature is scarce in translation and requires the skills of a scholar fluent in Thai to comprehend it. Thak is a political scientist turned literary scholar who is bilingual in Thai and English and an avid reader of Thai fiction by authors up and down the social scale. Here he offers lively insights into his favourite literary genres with fresh readings of early Thai novels, Sino-Thai biographies and memoirs of the rich and famous. ‘Thak Chaloemtiarana is an inquisitive man. Late in his career he switched from politics to literature. In these chapters, he draws on a lifetime of reading about writers and writing in Thailand over the past century. He nods towards the usual big names—King Vajiravudh, Luang Wichit, Kulap Saipradit, Kukrit Pramoj—but spends more time on those found in the lesser visited stacks of the libraries, the secondhand bookstalls, and the shelf by the supermarket checkout. His themes are familiar—Thailand and the West, Thai nationalism, the Thai-Chinese, and women under patriarchy—but the angles of vision are original. With a cast ranging from motor-racing princes through sexy Egyptian mummies and a feminist serial murderer to starlets touting breast-enhancement techniques, this book educates, enlightens, and entertains.’


Author: Rattawut Lapcharoensap
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783462036879
Page: 232
View: 8296

Multicultural Challenges and Redefining Identity in East Asia

Author: Nam-Kook Kim
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317093674
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
View: 6249
Globalization and increased migration have brought both new opportunities and new tensions to traditional East Asian societies. Multicultural Challenges and Redefining Identity in East Asia draws together a wide range of distinguished local scholars to discuss multiculturalism and the changing nature of social identity in East Asia. Regional specialists review specific events and situations in China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines to provide a focus on life as it is lived at the local level whilst also tracing macro discourses on the national issues affected by multiculturalism and identity. The contributors look at the uneven multicultural development across these different countries and how to bridge the gap between locality and universality. They examine how ethnic majorities and minorities can achieve individual rights, exert civic responsibility, and explain how to construct a deliberative framework to make sustainable democracy possible. This book considers the emergence of a new cross-national network designed to address multicultural challenges and imagines an East Asian community with shared values of individual dignity and multicultural diversity. With strong empirical support it puts forward a regulative ideal by which a new paradigm for multicultural coexistence and regional cooperation can be realized.

First Queer Voices from Thailand

Uncle Go’s Advice Columns for Gays, Lesbians and Kathoeys
Author: Peter A. Jackson
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
ISBN: 9888083260
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
View: 9056
This is a fully revised and substantially expanded edition of Peter Jackson’s highly regarded pioneering study of an Asian gay culture, Male Homosexuality in Thailand (1989). The hero of Jackson’s fascinating narrative is “Uncle Go”, which was the pen name of a popular magazine editor who, despite being avowedly heterosexual, was tolerant of all sexual practices and whose “agony uncle” columns in the 1970s provided unique spaces in the national press for Thailand’s gays, lesbians and transgenders (kathoeys) to speak for themselves in the public domain. By allowing the voices of alternative sexualities to be heard, Uncle Go emerged as Thailand’s first champion of gender equality and sexual rights. Peter Jackson translates and analyses selected correspondence published in Uncle Go’s advice columns, preserving and presenting important primary sources. In this new edition, Jackson has expanded his coverage to include not only letters from Thai gay men, but also those from lesbians and transgenders, thus capturing the full diversity of Thailand’s modern queer cultures at a key moment in their historical development when new understandings of sexual identities were first communicated to the wider community. “How wonderful to see this classic volume printed in a new expanded edition for the 21st century! When first published the figure of Uncle Go became an instant and unique voice in Thai sexuality studies. Peter Jackson’s contributions here are huge and foundational.” —Gilbert Herdt, San Francisco State University “If Thailand is now well known for its unique milieu of sex and gender diversity, it is in large part due to Peter Jackson’s writings. First Queer Voices from Thailand offers a rare archive of non-normative sexualities invaluable for anyone wishing to understand sexual modernity outside of the West.” —Ara Wilson, Duke University “An amazing work. Most valuable for this new edition is perhaps the way in which it documents changes in Jackson’s thinking, and in the field of sexuality studies, over the last twenty years, in response to the methodological challenges of queer and transgender scholarship.” —Susan Stryker, University of Arizona

The Lioness in Bloom

Modern Thai Fiction about Women
Author: Susan Fulop Kepner
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520915411
Category: Fiction
Page: 281
View: 2142
Kepner's selection shows the many ways fiction has mirrored the lives of Thai women over the twentieth century. The spectrum is broad, encompassing the young and the old, the rural and the cosmopolitan, the privileged and the poor. Some writers address previously unacceptable themes: female sexuality, spousal abuse, gender oppression. Others display a scintillating sense of humor. They touch on many themes—injustice, the heartlessness of society, loneliness, the difficult choices that life presents. Susan Kepner's lyrical, faithful translations preserve the tenor and resonances of these voices, many of which will be heard for the first time by English-speaking readers.

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge
Author: Cheris Kramarae,Dale Spender
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135963150
Category: Reference
Page: 2050
View: 1187
For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.

Shadows in Replay

Author: Derek Hart
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1462075614
Category: Fiction
Page: 434
View: 1294
With the fall of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Saigon, South Vietnam, in April of 1975, an illegal secret war began. Using Army personnel, the CIA unleashed "Shadow," covert operations designed to disrupt the newly installed Communist governments. Now, fifteen years later, the President and the CIA have decided to activate the final phase in Cambodia, an area of continuous civil war. The key: only one man knows the identity of the agent planted within the Cambodian puppet regime. That man is Ross Kinkaid. So the stage is set, in the novel Shadows in Replay, for the re-enlistment and training of this vital, but reluctant soldier of fortune. Now a civilian, Kinkaid's recruitment has been ordered behind closed doors by the White House. Yet Kinkaid himself is faced with difficult challenges of his own. Still haunted by visions of a failed mission deep within Cambodia, he struggles with the boredom of the 9 to 5 routines. Wishing also to avoid a scandal over his love for his married secretary, Sarah Baron, Kinkaid accepts the offer of active duty.

Thailand, the Last Domino

Cultural and Political Travels
Author: Richard West
Publisher: N.A
Category: Thailand
Page: 230
View: 9372

Der König und ich

Author: Margaret Landon (Schriftstellerin)
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783293205932
Page: 392
View: 9939


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Asia
Page: N.A
View: 2441

Speaking for Our Lives

Historic Speeches and Rhetoric for Gay and Lesbian Rights (1892-2000)
Author: Robert B Ridinger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317766342
Category: History
Page: 940
View: 6880
Read the words they risked everything for! This landmark volume collects more than a hundred years of the most important public rhetoric on gay and lesbian subjects. In the days when homosexuality was mentioned only in whispers, a few brave souls stood up to speak for the rights of sexual minorities. In Speaking for Our Lives: Historic Speeches and Rhetoric for Gay and Lesbian Rights (1892-2000), their stirring words have finally been gathered together, along with the political manifestoes, broadsheets, and performance pieces of the gay and lesbian liberation movement. Speaking for Our Lives comprises speeches and manifestoes prompted by events ranging from demonstrations to funerals. Scholars and researchers will appreciate the brief commentary introducing each piece, which discusses the author, the occasion, and the political and social contexts in which it first appeared. You’ll find the words of a broad variety of individuals and groups, including: the Victorian humanist and crusader Robert Ingersoll key groups such as the Mattachine Society, Homosexual Law Reform Society, Gay Activists Alliance, and International Gay Association activists and educators Robin Morgan, Joseph Bean, and Dr. Franklin Kameny, artists and journalists of the movement, such as John Eric Larsen, Joan Nestle, Barbara Grier, and Jim Kepner elected officials, including Bella Abzug, Ed Koch, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Gerry Studds, Tammy Baldwin, and Bill Clinton Many of these documents have long been out of print. Speaking for Our Lives makes these noteworthy texts readily available to the broader public they deserve. This book preserves an essential part of twentieth-century history.

Ich wünschte, ich könnte dich hassen

Author: Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Carlsen E-Books
ISBN: 364692070X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 368
View: 7808
Du hast mich zuerst gesehen. Auf dem Flughafen, an jenem Tag im August. Dein intensiver Blick, noch nie hat mich jemand so angeschaut. Ich hab dir vertraut. Dann hast du mich entführt. Raus aus meinem Leben, weg von allem, was ich kannte. Hinein ins Nirgendwo, in Sand und Hitze und Dreck und Gefahr. Du hast geglaubt, dass ich mich in dich verliebe. Und dort im Nirgendwo, in Sand und Hitze und Dreck und Gefahr, hab ich mich in dich verliebt. Doch ich wünschte, ich könnte dich hassen. Die Geschichte einer Entführung - sensibel, verstörend, dramatisch.

Die Gabe

Author: Naomi Alderman
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 364121985X
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
View: 7493
Es sind scheinbar gewöhnliche Alltagsszenen: ein nigerianisches Mädchen am Pool. Die Tochter einer Londoner Gangsterfamilie. Eine US-amerikanische Politikerin. Doch sie alle verbindet ein Geheimnis: Von heute auf morgen haben Frauen weltweit die Gabe – sie können mit ihren Händen starke elektrische Stromstöße aussenden. Ein Ereignis, das die Machtverhältnisse und das Zusammenleben aller Menschen unaufhaltsam, unwiederbringlich und auf schmerzvolle Weise verändern wird.

Jäger in der Dunkelheit

Author: Tony Cavanaugh
ISBN: 3802595785
Category: Fiction
Page: 100
View: 393
Jäger in der Dunkelheit entführt Sie weit in Darian Richards Vergangenheit - zu dem Punkt, als ihn das Leben zu dem gemacht hat, was er heute ist ... Als Polizist hat Darian Richards die schlimmsten Serienmörder gejagt; und er war der beste in seinem Job! Doch die Grausamkeiten, die er täglich miterleben musste, haben ihren Tribut gefordert: Eigentlich wollte er sich an der australischen Sunshine Coast zur Ruhe setzen, doch das Böse schläft nicht. Und Darian ist manchmal der Einzige, der den Familien der Opfer Gerechtigkeit bringen kann. Koste es, was es wolle! (ca. 100 Seiten)

United States Supreme Court Reports

Author: United States. Supreme Court
Publisher: N.A
Category: Law reports, digests, etc
Page: N.A
View: 8415
First series, books 1-43, includes "Notes on U.S. reports" by Walter Malins Rose.

Der schmale Pfad durchs Hinterland

Author: Richard Flanagan
Publisher: Piper eBooks
ISBN: 3492971172
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
View: 2084
"Ein tiefgründiges und bewegendes Meisterwerk über einen verzweifelten jungen Mann in Zeiten des Krieges", urteilt der Observer - preisgekrönt entfachte Richard Flanagans Roman weltweit einhellige Begeisterung: Dorrigo Evans ist ein begabter Chirurg, eine glänzende Zukunft steht ihm bevor. Als der Zweite Weltkrieg auch Australien erreicht, meldet er sich zum Militär. Doch der Krieg macht keine Unterschiede, und während Dorrigo in einem japanischen Gefangenenlager mit seinen Männern gegen Hunger, Cholera und die Grausamkeit des Lagerleiters kämpft, quält ihn die Erinnerung an die Affäre mit der Frau seines Onkels. Bis er einen Brief erhält, der seinem Leben eine endgültige Wendung gibt. Richard Flanagans schmerzvoll poetischer Roman erzählt von den unterschiedlichen Formen der Liebe und des Todes, von Wahrheit, Krieg und der tiefen Erkenntnis eines existentiellen Verlusts.

Die Große Mango

Author: Jake Needham
Publisher: neobooks
ISBN: 3742786245
Category: Fiction
Page: 422
View: 4754
In den Wirren der letzten dramatischen Tage des Vietnamkrieges verschwinden die staatlichen Reserven der südvietnamesischen Nationalbank spurlos. Mehr als zwanzig Jahre später kommt ein in Bangkok lebender Amerikaner unter mysteriösen Umständen ums Leben. Erste Nachforschungen ergeben eine Verbindung zwischen dem toten Harry Austin, einem Vietnam-Veteranen, der bis zum letzten Tag in Saigon bei den US-Marines gedient hatte, und den verschwundenen vietnamesischen Millionen. Eine weitere wichtige Spur führt zu Eddie Dare, einem in San Francisco lebenden Anwalt, der bis 1975 in Austins Einheit war. Dare, der die Erinnerungen an die Schrecken des Dschungelkrieges so gut es ging aus seinem Gedächtnis verbannt hatte, wird von seiner Vergangenheit eingeholt. Mehrere Geheimdienste, der Secret Service, die DEA und die chinesische Mafia liefern sich einen Wettlauf bei der Suche nach dem Schatz aus Geld und Gold, der nach heutiger Schätzung etwa 400 Millionen Dollar wert sein dürfte. Schnell konzentriert sich diese Suche in der schwülen Tropenhitze der thailändischen Hauptstadt Bangkok. Immer im Mittelpunkt des Geschehens steht Eddie Dare, von dem alle vermuten, dass er mehr weiß als er zugibt.