Introduction

So, this is the start of my first blog. Not sure what, if anything, it will become. These things have always seemed a bit pretentious and self-serving, but perhaps that is the nature of it. But a couple of friends suggested that I needed another venue in my life to vent and express some of my views that have perhaps been getting stifled and not released in the most productive ways. And writing of the artistic and scholarly type is something I have spent a lot of my life doing, but not as much as I would like to lately, so what’s the harm in trying?

While everything I write about will not be focused on Thailand, one of the major reasons for starting this blog is because I wanted to see something that specifically spoke to tourists and expats of color visiting or living in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand. Something I was looking for, but didn’t find, before I moved here. While most bloggers/writers on foreigners in Thailand will talk generally about the farang experience, African Americans and African Europeans (or Afro-Latin Americans, etc.) really fit into our own category. It’s different for us when we travel to any country. Or even state to state in our own countries. Yes, we are westerners, but the color issues that we and white tourists/expats bring with us, along with the color issues that already exist amongst Thais themselves, can create a unique experience for visitors of color.

Soi Cowboy, one of the three major sex tourist destinations in Bangkok, was named after T. G. "Cowboy" Edwards, a retired American airman, who opened one of the first bars there in 1977

But along with bringing a voice to black transplants in Thailand, this blog will also be a space for myself, and hopefully in the future others, to discuss what I, most Thai, and I hope other expats see as the disturbing nature of a majority of the tourists/expats in Thailand. And while it is important to understand the unique aspects of the experience of black westerners in Thailand, for those of us here and those considering coming, it is an unfortunate fact that the problems that plague the tourist/expat community here cross any color or class lines.

In the midst of this, I am a person that loves food, cinema, music, history, and all the other things that make us culturally interesting and vibrant (or not), so I expect these will be topics as well.

And last but definitely not least, I want to document my new life in Thailand, with a country and people that I have not known for very long, but already love quite deeply.

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2 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. So glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I am an African-American woman moving to Bangkok with my husband and daughter in a couple of months. When searching for perspectives of Black American (or Afro Europeans, or Afro Latinos, etc) living in Thailand, I’ve come up with very little. Hope to see more of your insights as I prepare for my move!

    • Thanks for reading, Dana. Been a bit busy with things and haven’t kept up with this blog lately.

      There are some issues I wish I had been more aware of before I moved to Thailand, but let me tell you that I really do love this country, culture, and people. Just takes a little effort to carve out a space so that you have a life where you surround yourself with more of the real folks, and less of the bad.

      Good luck on your move and let me know if you and the family have any questions I can answer as you prepare for your trip.

      BT

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