Last year I lived in the middle of the Red Shirt protest, I traveled to Thailand during the Yellow Shirts protest and blockage of the airport. But what are most Thai people? Reds or Yellows or do they care?
The Asia Foundation polled 1,500 Thais and found 76% didn’t back either the Red Shirts or Yellow Shirts. The polling included 27 provinces and took place in September and October of 2010. The Red Shirts received support from 13.6% of those polled with the Yellow Shirts having 10.3% support.
I only hope the lack of support will lead to a lack of mass rallies from either Reds or Yellows…..
I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok.
I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore.
I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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