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.
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.