Botan Susan Fulop Kepner
- Title: Letters from Thailand
- Author: Botan Susan Fulop Kepner
- ISBN: 9789747551679
- Page: 382
- Format: Paperback
When the original Thai version of Letters from Thailand appeared in Bangkok in 1969, it was promptly awarded the SEATO Prize for Thai Literature This new English translation reveals it as 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 ofWhen the original Thai version of Letters from Thailand appeared in Bangkok in 1969, it was promptly awarded the SEATO Prize for Thai Literature This new English translation reveals it as 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 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.
Recent Comments "Letters from Thailand"
Hard to praise this book enough. I have no idea how it reads in Thai (maybe one day I'll find out), but it is beautifully translated and a fantastically well told story. A moving picture of Thailand and Chinese immigrants in the Post WWII period. This is one absolutely greaaaatttt book.
*Note: A friend asked me, not long ago, if I had read any Thai literature. I had to say no. Even though I've been living in The Land of Smiles for years, I had never actually read a book by a Thai author. Surely, I said to myself, there must be some translated books out there, but having found them, which should I choose? I picked 'Letters from Thailand' mainly because I liked the title. There's something very personal about a book based on letters. And so my journey began"My Most Beloved and Re [...]
It is said in the introduction that this book was based on the actual letters written for over twenty years by a Chinese migrant who came to work in Bangkok. So technically, it's not a fiction. But this book reads pretty much like a very good novel that would get you hooked to it after you finish the first few pages. It starts from when this Chinese migrant, whose pseudonym is Sang U, was on the boat from China and goes all the way up and down through his life in Bangkok until more than 20 years [...]
We just returned from a Christmas trip to Thailand last week. I read this book because my sister-in-law, also on the trip, bought it, and finished it on the flight home. I really wish I had read it before we got there, because it gave me a lot to think about, and I would have looked for items and locations mentioned. A lot of the "action" takes place on the main street in Chinatown, Bangkok, which we did visit.This is the story of a young Chinese man who emigrated to Thailand after WWII. But his [...]
This is an awesome book! Especially for a perspective on living in Bangkok from WWII to the mid/late 1960s, through the eyes of a Chinese immigrant. I don't think there are many books that fall into that category. This was really interesting to me, as an expat in Bangkok.
This is great. You should put it on your "to read" list.
In this epistolary novel Suang U, a Chinese immigrant in Bangkok writes letters to his mother in a small village in China. Through his letters we watch Suang U starting a career in Bangkok, falling in love, getting children, expanding his business, and watching his children grow up. Soon Suang U turns out to be a very conservative man, way too old fashioned for his years. Suang U is against ca. everything new, whether it be radio, cars or television. Moreover, he is appallingly anti-Thai, despit [...]
Intended as a destination read for Thailand, but due to some technical difficulties, I was not able to read it while I was actually there. I'm keeping it shelved here as a to-read, though.
Love it ! Very truthful & relatable.
Entertaining read. Though it's the life story of a Chinese immigrant trying to keep a hold of his culture while living his life in Thailand, I could relate to a lot of the traditions he clung to. I felt for the guy and his family and was intrigued by the strong female characters and the macho yet delicate nature of the main character.
I ordered this book in order to learn more about Thai culture by reading fiction, but instead I learned a great deal about the Chinese immigration experience in Thailand, and about Chinese culture. It was still a wonderful read. You will be quickly drawn into the narrator's family. It is written in first person as a series of letters to the author's mother in rural China.
4.5 starsThis was a book I had to read for one of my courses in school, but I actually ended up really enjoying it and caring very much about the characters. It's a great piece on showing the changing social history of Thailand in the 20th century, especially in regards to the Chinese in Thailand.
I read this book many years ago, but I remember vividly that it impressed me very much. It was the first novel I read by a Thai author. Several have followed since. The novel is about Thai-Chinese relations and it is written in the form of letters. I found this a very good choice. It makes the book a more realistic.
Wow! This one will be a repeat read in the future. I happened upon this book for sale at my local Friends of the Library and I am ever grateful for it. Beautiful, poignant and fascinating. If you can somehow find a copy of this one, I recommend it. Would love to do this one as a book club book because there are so many things to talk about. A happy find indeed!
As a Indonesian-Chinese who has been to Thailand for 8 years, this book is 'ok' interesting. It shows me a lot of where my background or my family background comes from. But overall i can only give 4 stars for this book because it's not written (or translated) too nicely… but after all it's letters, so it's probably understandable. And I don't find too much interesting new things in it.
A fantastic read as historical fiction and as a snapshot into Bangkok/Thailand at a particular time and place. The book transcends that place however to tell an immigrants story of coping with new culture and establishing individual identity in a new place.
Wow! What a fascinating book! I learned so much from this, especially how Chinese immigrants may have viewed the Thais and about Chinese ways of thinking. It's also a great story, actually even sort of epic. It's also quite a sad story.I really enjoyed this book!
This is a fascinating book which provides insight in everyday life in Bangkok's Chinatown. I paid a visit to Chinatown in 1995 and I've been able to still take in the overall atmosphere captured in this book. Highly recommended!
The book covers recent modern Thailand from 1946 to 1966. It's a very fascinating look at the life of a Chinese immigrant. I really enjoyed it.
Good portrait of Thai/Chinese relations and what Thailand was like a few decades ago.
Beautiful. A collection of poignant, honest letters from an Chinese emigrant son to his mother (1945-1967). Family, societal change, personal reflexions and self-insight.
slow paced certainly interesting from the standpoint of ethnic Chinese, of a certain era, who immigrated to ThailandI read till page 236 and read several books in the interim.
An amazing book that tells of life as an immigrant. Explained a lot about the integration of Chinese people in Thailand.
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