Letters from Thailand - Lee 1 Insuk Kevin Lee Dr. Ellen...

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Lee 1 Insuk Kevin Lee Dr. Ellen Boccuzzi South and Southeast Asian Studies R5A 13 October 2010 Initial thoughts on Letters from Thailand The cultural difference was the first thing I observed as I was reading Letters from Thailand by Botan. The mindset of the Chinese people and their perception of gender roles are the two most distinguished differences that I tell. The story of Chinese people living in Thai society induces clashes between the two cultures that are, by their standards, completely different from one another. However, from an American student's point of view, their differences seem nominal and I rather feel completely foreign to both of the cultures. Suang U's adopted father asserts that "[The girls] belong in the home, and should not be confused about their duties, given all kinds of strange ideas out of books" (Botan 43). Women are denied the right to knowledge and are responsible for obeying their husbands and doing house chores. Sons are also more valued than daughters because they
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2011 for the course ASIAN STUD 5A taught by Professor Laveck,k during the Spring '06 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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