Title: Letters from Thailand
Author: Botan (Supa Sirisingh)
Summary: When the original Thai version of "Letters in 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 in Thailand" is the story of Tan Suang U, a young man who leaves China to make his fortune in Thailand at the close of WorldWat 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 Chinatown, 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.
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