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Thailand Fever (English and Thai Edition) Paperback – November 1, 2004
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"For anyone who has not lived in Thailand but is considering a long term relationship...this is a MUST READ." -- Stickman's Guide to Bangkok Book Review Page
"Very thoughtfully designed...light and frankly, fun...very highly recommended...even for people who have lived in Thailand." --Stickman's Guide to Bangkok, January 1st, 2005
About the Author
Vitida Vasant received a BA from Chulalongkorn University and an MSc in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to California in 1981 and frequently returns to her homeland. She married and divorced a Westerner, she raised her beautiful daughter as a single mom, and she is currently engaged to an American. Besides running a recruiting business, she also teaches Thai, freelances as a Thai translator and interpreter, and offers relationship consulting to Thai-Western couples. More information on her services is available at thailandfever.com.
Chris Pirazzi has been traveling in Thailand and Southeast Asia since 1999. He currently lives in Mae Hong Son province. He has chronicled Thai culture extensively and he co-developed the Thai-English software dictionary from Paiboon Publishing. His personal experiences, and his contact with other Westerners in Thailand and students of the Thai language in the United States, have provided a broad view of the cross-cultural problems faced by Thai-Western romantic couples. He received a BSE from Princeton University.
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Book covers cross-cultural difference that more or less make/break relationships and gives some insight into both cultures form each perspective. While some of the points are obvious others make more sense. For the most part, a lot of the principles can be used and applied to most relationships.
While I am not in a relationship with a Thai...I would buy the book for a Thai gal if I was.
Finished the book in about 2 hours and didn't feel like I had to suffer through any of it like wading though some books.
The interesting thing is, the book is ostensibly about *romantic* relationships across the cultural divide, but it worked really well a resource to understand Thai culture overall. (I'm not in any romantic relationship, and I felt it was well worth the money!) This book was strongly recommended to me by another Westerner, and I'm so grateful for the good tip that I'm passing it along here (I don't usually review books at all!)
I had interacted with the (lovely) people of Thailand fairly extensively before reading this book. And I can say two things: First, the authors earned a lot of credibility with me up front -- everything they said about what Thai people on the whole are like, matched up with my experience. Secondly, (and this is the real payoff) this book points out many subtle little ways in which I had been slightly off the mark in how I interacted with Thai people.
I feel like someone finally told me the rules by which I can *really* express politeness and gratitude toward the Thai people that have been always been so gracious and welcoming to me! Strongly recommend this book to anyone before setting foot in Thailand.