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2/18/11 Macro Aspects of Model “The King and I” Tsunamis Oppressive government Pagodas Sex trade Exotic “Death Railway”
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2/18/11 Overview Formerly Siam, changed in 1939, renamed Siam from 1945 – 1949, then renamed again Never colonized by European country, overrun by Japan in WWII Emulated West in late 19th century Economic growth in late 20th century
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2/18/11 Overview Precarious balance between past and new 75% ethnically Thai, 14% Chinese, 3% Malay, Mons, Khmers, various hill tribes Devoutly Buddhism (95%) Constitutional monarch – King Bhumibol Adulyadej, > 50 yrs, changed from absolute monarchy in
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2/18/11 Overview Thai – ethnic group in the central Plains Inhabited since paleolithic period, about 10,000 years, united as a Buddhist kingdom of Sukhothai in 1238, current country begain in 1782, established Bangkok as capital Insurgents & uprisings, particularly Malay peninsula
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2/18/11 North – mountainous (8,415 ft) Northeast Center – flat river valley South - peninsular
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2/18/11 150,000 in US, mostly in Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia Military wives in Vietnam war, families followed Professionals came as scholarship students Economic reasons for migration Picture 3
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2/18/11 Educational Status & Occupations Compulsory through 9th grade and free through 12th grade 92.6% literacy In US, professionals or small business owners
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2/18/11 Educational Status & Occupations Since never colonized, education system not on any European model
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2/18/11 Fixed tonal language c 5 tones, same sound c different meanings, 44 letters, 33 vowels English taught in school but fluency not high Different dialects in different regions
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2/18/11 Cultural Communications Patterns Young respect elders Gender specific endings to sentences Eye contact, quiet speech indicate respect 1 ½ - 2 feet of personal space No PDA Make “wai” & bow
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Temporal Relationships Uses a different calendar that is 500 years older than Gregorian. Rather than AD uses BE = Buddhist era, business tends to use Western system Traditionally nuclear families, single
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