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    Bangkok - World Book Capital

    Thais simply do not read fiction. How on earth can Bangkok be world book capital?

    If it wasn't so ridiculous, it would be funny.

    Actually it is funny anyway...

    In most european cities, when you ride the bus or train, everyone has their head in a book.

    You never see that in Thailand...

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    ...more info please...
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    sorry, i don't have details to hand. It was talked about earlier in the year and I heard recently that it was going ahead...

    I was reading some other threads where people said that Thais were not worth speaking to once you learn thai and it made me think that people who do not read don't have much to talk about... tenuous link i agree!

    If anyone else knows more about this Book Capital thing, please share it with us...

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    ...you're right, Thais don't read much fiction...and if they are trying to promote that, well...it wouldn't garner much more than a laugh...

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    Should change it to...

    Cartoon book capital.

    Bless 'em.

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    Why would fiction appeal to Thai people? Ghosts and spirits are real enough. Letting the mind drift into outer space is commonplace. Marrying a white prince happens every day. That lucky winning lottery number is just around the corner, that's a reality just ask the monk. There's no need to travel the seas or visit the planets, everything a Thai needs is right there with him every hour of every day. What's there to read?

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    Re: Bangkok - World Book Capital

    Quote Originally Posted by fiddler
    Thais simply do not read fiction. How on earth can Bangkok be world book capital?

    If it wasn't so ridiculous, it would be funny.

    Actually it is funny anyway...

    In most european cities, when you ride the bus or train, everyone has their head in a book.

    You never see that in Thailand...

    I know what your talking about, there was an article last week that said THAILAND was submitting itself for consideration as the book capital because of the Book Trade Show at QSS. (this is a simplified explanation but I remember the article that I think you're taking this from, I laughed when I read it.)
    I think the Thais just make statements like, "we are the PARIS of ASIA" or "we are the Automotive Capital of Asia" and the Thais just believe it.

    Its laughable, I agree with you, if a Thai is reading its a comic book.
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    When we lived in Thailand I never saw my wife read much of anything other than those ridiculous weekly women's magazines. Lucky our city library here has a big collection of books written in Thai. Now that we are outside Thailand she has become quite the novel reader devouring three or four novels a week.

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    I intoduced my step daughter (P.2) to those abridged Englsih language stories (You know like Jurassic Park in 80 pages) and she loves them. Always reading one with a dictionary to hand or asking me what some phrases mean. Compare that to some Thai uni student with their head buried in a comic book. The thought of her growing up to be like that gives me the shudders.
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    I think the Thais just make statements like, "we are the PARIS of ASIA" or "we are the Automotive Capital of Asia" and the Thais just believe it.
    True...

    This makes me think of the word HUB.

    How many times has Thaksin said "Thailand will become the (insert industry here) hub of the asia pacific region?"

    Off the top of my head Bangkok is now the fashion hub, the airline hub, automobile hub, the brewing hub, the textiles hub, the tourism hub, the rice hub, the food processing hub, the consumer electronics hub...

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    fiddler shrewdly observed:
    In most european cities, when you ride the bus or train, everyone has their head in a book.

    You never see that in Thailand...
    it's genuinely disturbing. i'm supposed to be teaching the cream of thai society (or at least the of the cream of thai society) and none of them read books, none of them!! they all confessed to reading comic books - they're fecking pathetic

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiddler
    I think the Thais just make statements like, "we are the PARIS of ASIA" or "we are the Automotive Capital of Asia" and the Thais just believe it.
    True...

    This makes me think of the word HUB.

    How many times has Thaksin said "Thailand will become the (insert industry here) hub of the asia pacific region?"

    Off the top of my head Bangkok is now the fashion hub, the airline hub, automobile hub, the brewing hub, the textiles hub, the tourism hub, the rice hub, the food processing hub, the consumer electronics hub...

    " We are the having 40 winks at the drop of a hat hub of Asia. "

    " We are the hungry again even though we ate only 2 hours ago hub of Asia."

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    Quote Originally Posted by columbia
    " We are the having 40 winks at the drop of a hat hub of Asia. "

    " We are the hungry again even though we ate only 2 hours ago hub of Asia."
    I like the second one the best. Singapore and Malaysia might give them a run at that hub title though.

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    Once introduced to reading Thais will really enjoy it; my wife went from starter level to uuper-intermediate in 2 years reading abridged English novels.

    Yes, Book Capital of the World or whatever is laughable given that Bangkok doesn't even have a public library.

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    At the recent book fair, this being Thailand, the toilets and food court were heaving but the fair itself was sparsely populated.

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