Thursday, 20 November 2008

Thai Lessons

"I understand", said our Thai teacher during class at AUA in Bangkok, "that in America they have a saying that goes 'Good God its Friday'. It seems to mean that work is no fun, and that only the weekend can be enjoyed. In Thailand", she smiled, "we don't know such a saying. In Thailand, we enjoy every day."

Some years ago, The Nation, an English-language newspaper from Bangkok, asked Thai women married to Americans what they thought their fellow Thai who were about to marry American men needed, above all, to know: "As amazing as this may sound but to Americans it is more important to get things done than to look good at work", they said.

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