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Hello My Big Big Honey! by [Ehrlich, Richard, Walker, Dave]
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...Thai women seem passive, but are capable of fighting back...wives back home are rarely understanding. -- London's News of the World Sunday Magazine

...a Freudian whirlpool of sexual fantasies and frustration...damaged egos and haunting super-egos...love and cold calculation...cross-cultural mayhem. -- Far Eastern Economic Review

...delivers exactly what the title describes...discloses more about the complex nature of these encounters than 10 academic treatises. -- Lonely Planet Guide to Thailand

...loneliness, despair and delusion...For many men, these dangerous Thai liaisons are no laughing matter. They become obsessed... -- The South China Morning Post

an intimate portrait of Bangkok's red-light district...Does love conquer poverty, cultural barriers and the fear of AIDS? Sometimes... -- Time Magazine

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"HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!" is a never-before-told expose of the love lives of Bangkok's bar girls and the foreigners who rent them -- confessed in their own words.

A collection of love letters from all over the world, to ladies of the night working in bars on Bangkok's famous Patpong Road. Plus revealing, in-depth interviews with the women who receive them.

Why are some men obsessed with Thai prostitutes? Can money buy true love? How does romance blossom amid the harsh streets? Do bar girls marry their customers?

"HELLO MY BIG BIG HONEY!" delves beyond the neon, glitz, hype and tragedy of Bangkok's red-lit nights and discovers a world of loneliness, desperation and -- sometimes -- love.


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  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Last Gasp (September 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ESEGY0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a book waiting to be written, but if you're looking for a raunchy sex tale about Bangkok's red-light districts, try the Internet -- it's full of sites with much more graphic descriptions, even streaming video.
What Dave Walker and Richard S. Ehrlich have done is approach a social fact of life from a different angle, a very human angle.
"Hello My Big Honey!" is a sociological study dealing with a section of society that can be found in just about every country in the world, their hopes, their fears, their dreams and above all, their interaction and deeper involvement with their clients, the farang (foreigner).
As Dave Walker explains in his 10-page preface, the germ of an idea was born in the bars of Patpong Road in Bangkok...True, the days of the Vietnam War were over, but the reputation that Bangkok had gained as a "wide-open town" had spread near and far. Where there had been GIs, now it was oil workers and other professional expatriates hunting a living in Southeast Asia...
The letters followed, more than a reliving of stolen moments of physical passion, these were letters of hopes, dreams and longings to return...
To some it might seem the craziest of places to find love, a road full of hustling, neon lights, prowling transvestites and ear-shattering music. Lust yes, but real love surely no. Yet whether or not it's the wrong place to be looking for lasting commitment, there are those foreigners who have found their heart's desires in a love that's been reciprocated.
This is something that Richard Ehrlich takes up in his 10-page introduction.
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Ever since Thailand became known as the newest and best sin city for foreign men to visit to have sex with impoverished yet attractive Thai women, a deluge of these men land daily at Thai airports expecting to find the romance and lust often denied them in their home lands. What these men usually discover is that any romance that develops is based on a pay as you go basis. In HELLO MY BIG HONEY, Dave Walker and Richard Ehrlich try to explain why. The authors see the Bangkok sex scene as the natural outcropping of a degraded culture that has only its women to peddle. In such a lurid, transient environment, the focus of money for sex must be limited to the here and now. Any foreign man with even a minimum of sense and dollars can surely score in any of dozens of sleazy clip joints. In a series of interviews with bargirls, hookers, and transsexuals, Walker and Ehrlich clarify to the next deluge of incoming men that these are working girls, all of whom count the success of a relationship in the minutes spent to earn those western dollars. It is hardly the fault of these Thai women if they soon realize that calling their newest boyfriend 'Big Honey' and other such of similar ilk can only gratify him into spending more money on her (and her family)or--and this is what each Thai lady dreams of--finding a western man thinking that he will 'deliver' her from a life of vice by taking her back to his country for marriage. In this latter case, the man will certainly send money to her on a regular basis, with her promising all the while that she will be loyal in return. The letters that these men write back and forth reveal a breathtaking lack of brains that they, with all their degrees, find out later that these women were always one step ahead.Read more ›
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I've lived, traveled and worked in Thailand for 23 years, and when I'm asked to cite references on the commercial sex scene in Thailand, this book always occupies the top of the list. No one says it as well as the women themselves, and I found these interviews to be very credible. The foreword, by a Thai academic, was also among the more enlightening essays I've read on this topic.
Should be read by any male or female contemplating an entree into Thailand's "demi-monde".
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This book represents a well conceived but primitively executed publication in which the "author(s)" have merely collected a series of forlorn but repeditive "love" letters to Bangkok go-go dancers from their smitten, oddball foreign "customers". The letters themselves do reflect a kind of sappy desperation, but grow very boring very quickly. The book includes several interviews with the bar girls themselves which prove to be the only interesting part; both in the girl's world outlook and in their comical butchery of the English language. Otherwise, this book is a waste.
The most annoying thing about the book is the photographs- they look like they were taken twenty years ago with some tourist's Kodak Disk camera. Almost half seem to be of katoeys (male transsexuals/ transvestites) and all are thoroughly uninspired. The "authors" seem to limit themselves only to women in the Patpong go-go bar areas and do not explore other issues in the strange farang/bargirl subculture. It is hard to believe somebody could publish such an uninteresting book based on such a bizarre and fascinating topic as the Bangkok sex trade, but this is it. BORING.
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