Thai Food

By: Madi Anderson & Dagny Helander

Thai food is usually recognized by its spicy quality.   Thai food however strives to effectively combine the four flavors: sweet, salty, sour, and spicy.  “Virtually every dish is an exercise in balancing these four tastes” (Williams, 738).   In addition to the four flavors, “bitter also factors into many Thai dishes” (Williams, 738).  Most people usually notice or taste the spicy element of Thai cooking, but once someone becomes acquainted with the spicy element of Thai food, one can begin to appreciate Thai food with all the varieties. Continue reading “Thai Food”

Buddhism in Thailand

Buddhism in Thailand

By: Liz Behrens and Rachel Wong

Buddhism is a prevalent part of the Thai society, and even the royal family of Thailand is affiliated with the Buddhist faith.  Approximately 95% of the Thai population is Buddhist.  Because of the pervasiveness of Buddhism in Thailand, the country is also known as “The Land of Yellow Robes” after the traditional garb of Buddhist monks.  The practice of Buddhism has been around for thousands of years, but it is uncertain as to when Buddhism appeared in Thailand.  There is much controversy to when Buddhism arrived to Thailand, formerly known as Siam.  Many scholars believe that the birth of Thai Buddhism began with the Indian emperor, Asoka, who sent Buddhist missionaries to encourage Buddhist worship.  Although this theory is widely believed, historical evidence shows that Buddhist foundations were brought with a group of settlers known as the Mon-Khmer.  Continue reading “Buddhism in Thailand”

Traditional Thai Medicine

Traditional Thai Medicine

thai_traditional01By: Melody Redmond and Madison Denkers

Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) works as a holistic system rather than treating medical issues on an individual basis, as does Western Medicine. It uses methods such as massage, herbalism, spirituality and unique philosophies to address needs of the body, heart and mind. Many people are increasingly dissatisfied with the results and treatments of Western Medicine and are turning to more holistic approaches, such as TTM, for answers. Continue reading “Traditional Thai Medicine”

Malaria in Thailand

Malaria in Thailand

By: Sia Gerard and Karsten Gillwald

Malaria is directly translated to bad- air, which for a long time people believed, much like the Black Plague, was spread due to “bad air”. Malaria, despite modern advancements in medicine, continues to cause widespread infection and death in many parts of the world, especially in tropical regions. Continue reading “Malaria in Thailand”

Thai Festivals

By: Cera Cantu and Joe Caesar

Thai people enjoy relaxing and spending time with their families and friends. With over a dozen public holidays throughout the year, they have many opportunities to do this. New Years is celebrated three different times a year! Holidays and festivals in Thailand are either religious, traditional, or commercial (Thailand, nd). Most traditional and religious holidays are based on the Thai lunar calendar, so their dates vary from year to year. However, some of the holidays celebrated in Thailand follow the Gregorian (western) calendar.

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Refugees in Thailand

Refugees in Thailand

By: Nicole Roberts and Sarah Schafer

A refugee is someone who fears persecution while living in his or her home country, due to race, religion, nationality, or belonging to a particular social/political group, and seeks the protection of another country (Hodes, 2000). It is estimated that there is 19.2 million refugees world wide in which half of these are children (Ehntholt & Yule, 2006). Refugees have an increased risk to develop psychopathologies such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Conduct Disorder, due to traumatic exposure from war and leaving their home country (O’Shea, Hodes, Down, & Bramley, 2000). Many refugees will spend years in camps in which poor living conditions can consist of inadequate water and food supply (Lustig, Kia-Keating, Knight, Geltman, Ellis, Kinzie, & Saxe, 2004). Many of these refugees may then be sent to a foreign country not knowing the language (Kinzie, Sack, Angell, Manson, & Rath, 1986). These refugee children and adolescents are then expected to begin school at their age level, instead of their academic ability (Kinzie et al., 1986). A refugee child or adolescent may begin to feel lost between the pressures felt to perform above his or her academic abilities, combined with the burden of past memories, such as war and structural violence. Continue reading “Refugees in Thailand”

Ethnic Minorities in Thailand

Ethnic Minorities in Thailand

By: James M. Bacigalupo

According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online, ethnicity is defined as “a large group of people who have the same national, racial, or cultural origins, or the state of belonging to such a group” (Cambridge). Furthermore the given perimeters of the word minority is simply put as “less than half of a total number or amount; the smaller part of something” (Cambridge). Thus one can postulate that an ethnic minority is indeed a group with similar origins and that of similar cultural and social constructs. Continue reading “Ethnic Minorities in Thailand”