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    thais and books.

    Can anyone suggest why thais don't read books? I know those horrible little comic books are popular but Detective Conan et al hardly strikes me as being great literature.
    Has anyone seen a library in Thialand? (I know of only one library and thats a floating gimmicky thing sponsored by HM). Is there such a thing as a famous Thai writer. I know my school celebrated some poet a couple of months ago but thats the extent of my contact with it. For those guys who have travelled a bit more than me is this lack of reading an asian phenomonen or is it only the thais who seem to have no interest in reading? Is it because their alphabet is just too ugly to look at for any length of time. Or does the Thai society in general lack the concentration span to be able to digest anything without pictures or more than two hundred words long. What do you think?

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    Re: thais and books.

    I think you're making more assumptions than you can handle.

    Yes, there are a plethora of famous thai writers.

    Some Thais do read voraciusly, just not generally in public, but rather at home. I'm acquainted with a number of them.

    There may be a few more libraries around than you've noticed.

    Yes, Asians generally don't read alot of novels in public or on public transportation.

    Not everyone considers Thai script to be ugly, but quite the opposite.


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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literature_in_Thailand

    http://sunsite.au.ac.th/thailand/Tha...iterature.html

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    Re: thais and books.

    Quote Originally Posted by henry hill
    ..is this lack of reading an asian phenomonen or is it only the Thais who seem to have no interest in reading?
    I would venture to suggest it's a 'developing world' phenomenon. Books are expensive, English language ones doubly so. With the advent of portable entertainment there is not as much reading going on in the West either, according to education experts.

    Is it because their alphabet is just too ugly to look at for any length of time.
    I quite like the Thai alphabet. The fact that I don't understand it lends a certain distance and enchantment...
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    Re: thais and books.

    ^ คุณนำความรัก และความสุขมาสู่ชีวิตผม

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    Re: thais and books.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo
    I think you're making more assumptions than you can handle.
    Not assumptions Jimbo, just queries. Some of which you have helped to answer. thanks.


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    Re: thais and books.

    no worries.

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    Re: thais and books.

    Now I reckon theirs a combination of factors here. Books are expensive yes but English books are usually far to complicated and have many words that over use formal language. Thais are not taught to read at Pratom level and many libraries here are used as show pieces and locked most of the time. My students read everyday and love reading because I've written 80 books in the present simple at a level where they can enjoy them. Reading is a culture created by school. Its ignored here because it means buying books and spending money on students learning rather than financing the principal new Mercedes of buying new computers thatr look good for parents but eventually get syphoned off to senior management offices. Its really sad really because reading if taught is a skill where motivated kids can leanr independently, it can open up their world and when they can read, they can access computers better. My whole curriculum is based on the skills first and foemost of reading. I have 12 kids in P1 who can read. Suprise suprise their speaking is also the best and 4 of them are beginning to write. I've met countless students here who can't read for meaning and if they can't read for meaning they have no hope of understanding their textbooks. Hence they learn virtually nothing. Sad

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    Re: thais and books.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo
    ^ คุณนำความรัก และความสุขมาสู่ชีวิตผม
    Fine thank you teesher, and you?

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    Re: thais and books.

    ^ try again

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    Re: thais and books.

    However, Jimbo reading your link on Thai literature it would lead me to believe thai litterature is relativley scarce. One poet, one old writer and a couple of kings isn't what I would term a plethora of work. I'm not trying to have a pop at the thais i'd just like to understand why a bit more

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    Re: thais and books.

    peeleorion has a well-written perspective and one I hadn't thought of. That was just a site I came up with at quick notice. I am certainly no expert on thai lit., but I do know a few scholars and have listened in on some discussions on the matter. I'm certain a quick search would turn up more (tho in thai would be better).

    2,180,000 hits here: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=thai+literature

    Maybe Poster: Pumpkin will come along in time and tell us a bit more. There's a thread somewhere around here that discusses this at great length.
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    http://ajarnforum.net/vb/showthread....hai+literature
    Last edited by jimbo; 2nd October 2007 at 15:35. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Re: thais and books.

    Even my bird who is thick as shit has got like a proper book....I'm just waiting for her to read it!


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    Re: thais and books.

    Jimbo, do you have an unhealthy "thing" for WB by any chance? ...........or it could be a very healthy thing
    Daniel Bedingfield claimed that his new album is what it would sound like if Sting, Stevie Wonder and Micheal Jackson were in a basement together - I haven't got the album so I'll have to imagine the sound of a blind bloke and a Geordie kicking the shit out of a pedophile.

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    Re: thais and books.

    Quote Originally Posted by henry hill
    Can anyone suggest why thais don't read books?
    Read what? newspapers, books, magazines, fictions or non fictions....
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    Re: thais and books.

    I know that there is a wealth of tabloid style newspapers, and pop culture magazines. I'm more intrested in the apparent lack of people reading "proper" books.

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