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Thailand - Everyday Matters and Societies
More than four fifth of the men and women in the village have abandoned their home municipalities since the 1960' to work in city areas for a few years. Because of the fast growing Thai economies, there has been significant economic development in the towns of both the working and working class.
Whilst many in the working classes still have close links with the peasant churches from which they come, many others now see themselves more as city people than as country people. Municipal living has also changed the countryside. In the 70s and 1980s, governments' programmes delivered power to most of Thailand's towns.
With the advent of TV - and the city' s cultural offerings - the country audience has been pulled away from older types of indigenous entertainments such as traditional Thai operas, even though the north-eastern Thai country theatre has been re-packaged for the city. Both Thai countryside and urbanites are agreed that their living standards have been improving particularly since the end of the twentieth millennium.
The majority of people are living in better apartments, while more and more houses have flowing waters, even in the countryside. The village people are benefiting from much better healthcare than in the past, and in metropolitan areas the centre layer has easy acces to first-class institutions and skilled workers. As a result of the sharp rise in per capita incomes since the 1960', both the city and the countryside can invest much more in luxuries and maintenance.
They are often away for long periods of time and work not only in the cities of Thailand but also abroad, e.g. in the Middle East and Taiwan. During the 60s and 1970s many Thais saw the wedding of kings and queens as an example, but since the 80s the Thai imperial couple - with the divorce of three kids and the success of Princess Sirindhorn's never marrying occupational careers - has become more like other Thai couples.
Despite these profound changes in the Thai people' s behaviour, there are still many practises based on tradition. Not even the most modern new companies are opened until the owner has contacted an astrologist at an opportune time, and bourgeois city residents are more willing to listen to intellectual media than country people.
However, it is Buddhism that is at the centre of Thai cultur. There' s a common saying that the Thais make a living off their stomach. For a long time there were small sellers of Thai foods on the roads of the city of Thailand, but until the end of the twentieth Century the best Thai foods were mostly domestic.
The majority of our restaurant only served traditional meals. Throughout the 70s, Thailand's kitchen has developed into a global market. Today Bangkok has several hundred excellent Thailand dining and culinary establishments, and some of the most sought after in North America, Europe and the Middle East cuisines.
Good Thailand food usually contains a mixture of savoury, smooth, sweet and acidic foods. Some of the most favourite Thailand food are curry made of coir milks, prawn pastes, chilli pepper, and spices such as cilantro, lemon grass, galangale and kaffiris. Thais use seafood sauces - today a commercial cooked extractor - as a base for many meals, as the traditional China uses sojasauce.
Even though it is essential for Thai cooking, the Thais have adopted many foodstuffs, such as pasta, which are a key component of China and Chinese-Chinese cuisines. Northeastern Lan Na Thai and northeastern Isan tribes favour sticky paddy as staples over the common Thai-scented longgrain rice.
Laotian cooking has been loved throughout the whole countryside since the 1980s. Traditional Lao dishes are barbecued seafood and poultry as well as minced meat of cattle, pigs, chickens or poultry, blended with lemongrass, lemongrass, paprika, lemongrass, lemongrass, shallot and paprika and then slightly roasted. A further Lao favorite in Thai diners is the summer lettuce of papaya (unripe).
Bangkok and other towns have fewer and fewer female chefs at home or staff preparing their own meal; instead, ready meal is usually bought in stores between home and work where they serve fresh, ready -made cuisine. It is the last and most important of the Jataka histories (i.e. histories about people or beasts that were in a former Buddha life).
Nearly as important as this tale was that of the hinduistic god Rama, as it is narrated in the Ramakian, a thai adaption of the hinduistic epos Ramayana. Emperors since the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries have become familiar with Rama, and the Grand Palace in Bangkok contains exceptional mural paintings depicting his history. Besides Buddhist and Indian literatures, there have always been tribal literatures in Thailand.
A tale with both regal and pop version is that of Khun Chang and Khun Phaen, two men fighting for the same woman's affection. After the large-scale migration of the Chineses to Thailand from the middle of the 19th centruy onwards, a large number of Chineses were integrated into Thai civilization and a number of well-known works of Thai literary tradition were converted into Thai.
Since then, the history has been adopted in Thai theatre pieces, poetries and histories. The modern Thai poem has its origin in the work of Sunthon Phu (1787-1855), whose 30,000-line epos Phra Aphaimani, called after the main character, is the most famous literary work of the state. This novel, founded on the examples of the West, began to evolve in Thailand in the twentieth century.
Siburapha ( "Kulap Saipradit") and Dokmai Sot (pseudonym of Buppha Kunchon), both of whom remain famous in the twenty-first-century. Early audiences for literature came from what was then a small mid-range group. Si Phienin ( "Four Gentlemen"), first serially featured in the 1953 Siam Rath paper, is probably the best-selling novel of all times in Thailand.
Whilst many modern books have focused on themes such as affection and families, which are particularly loved by the lower classes, Finnish writers have also created works dealing with questions of societal inequalities, sex abuse and police violence. For example, much of Lao Khamhom's (Khamsing Srinawk) writings focus on the countryside, which often has a submissive policy implications.
Such works were essentially a demonstration of Socialist Realism; although they catalyzed the overthrow of the regime in 1973, they were not very common. Chart's work is very different from that of the Literature for Life writers in that it compels the reader to make his own deductions from the detail, rather than to blame a certain part of it.
Dramatical performances have strong origins in Thailand, although they continue to perform on a more conservative and less abstract level. The Ramakians, Buddhist Jataka fiction, the Inao epos and other Thai fiction are also used as starting materials in a special kind of classic-dramas.
Presentations of local operas, such as LIKE in the centre of Thailand and NANG (shadow puppetry) in the south of Thailand, still draw a large audience, although they have attracted some spectators to TV and cinematography. Though the Thai moviemakers have had to contend with Western and, more recently, Japanese, South Korean and Chinese filmmakers, they have repeatedly created commercials that are loved by Thai audiences.
Khun Chang and Khun Phaen's story was told in pieces and in the movie, and with its many periods of war, the encounter with the unnatural and the indecent humor it can be seen as a precursor of many of today's most famous TV soaps. TV became available to most people in the village in the latter part of the twentieth centuries, and since then the audience has grown drastically.
Most of the topics of Thailand's film and TV soaps are about romantic or ghost stories, or they are based on original characters from the West. Particularly famous among the filmmakers of Thailand is Mom Chao (Prince) Chatrichalerm Yukol, better known under his nick name Than Mui. During the seventies and eighties he made a series of pop culture flicks that dealt with the same issues of bribery, ecological destruction and societal disparity as many novelists of the time.
Mui is best known for his dramatic movies Suriyothai (2001), the tale of a 16-th-century female fighter goddess called Suriyothai, and Naresuan (2006), who tells the lives of King Naresuan of the latter sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries Ayutthaya. Ever since the turn of the 21 st millennium, Thailand's film has become more and more critically and internationally acclaimed.
Produced by Wisit Sasanatieng, the acclaimed Fah Talai Jon ( "Tears of the Black Tiger", 2000), the tale of an evil man who is parodying other Thai and West German outlaws. The first Thai film to be recognized at the Cannes Film Festival in France included two works by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sud chocolad (2004; Tropical Malady) and Sudanaeha ("Blissfully Yours", 2002).
Sudsanaeha focuses on the romance between Roong, a Thailand woman who works in a plant, and Min, a Myanmar illegals. Further Thailand movies that have found a large global audience are Satri lek (2001; The Iron Ladies), director: Youngyooth Thongkongthun, which is about a transvestites Volleyballteam, and Beautiful Boxer (2003), director: Ekachai Uekrongtham, a semi-documentary report about a renowned kickboxer's sexchange.