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Frank Knaap on March 9, 2009

Sheeps in the rice-fields Worapong?

Did you study here? And do you live IN Bangkok?

Frank.

ƤōƝƓ on March 9, 2009

I live in Bangkok. I did not study there. It is the hometown of one of my Mainland friends in Anhui Province, which is located on the Yangze River. I visited this place just to experience what the childhood life of my grandparents could be like in Guangdong because they were born in Chinese countryside before migrating to a coastal city and later fled communism to Thailand. Staying in a Chinese farmer's home, I assume that life in Guangdong rural villages could be roughly similar to that in rural Anhui now. It is a very special experience for me because most Thais know China only for Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and other popular tourist attractions. But I wanted to know more intimately about my ancestral country. And this town is known as one of the poorest areas in China. However, unlike what we usually hear from most mainstream media, the peasants appear to live a peaceful life. I was there during Christmas time. It was very cold and there is no heating. However, they have a super-thick blanket, which to my surprise protected me from cold air at night very well! Life there is harsh, yes...to a city-dweller like me. They are quite self-reliant and self-sufficient. They are happy people. I believe you surely get what I mean from your experience living in Pijit.

Worapong

Frank Knaap on March 10, 2009

I can imagine this was an impressing trip for you, being at the place of your roots. So your parents fled eventual to Thailand, you were born in Thailand or China?

I know some of China (BBC-CNN and other reports) and understand that Shanghai, Beijing etc is not the real China. As Bangkok is not te real Thailand. I think there is a parallel. Yes I believe you, life there must be harsh, especially in these times, when peoples going back to their old places, while factories are closing.

I always wondering how it must be, how is their situation, comming back from Beijing to their old homes....do you know more? Do they have an income, work.........Loosing all those illusions must be very difficult. Poor people.

Here people always have food, it's growing all over, and a roof is often sufficient, most of the people are poor but HAPPY! That's not always the case with peolples in Europe or the USA!

Frank

ƤōƝƓ on March 10, 2009

I was born in Thailand.

Yes, I am still in constant contact with my friend there. He said it is not like what CNN usually reports as if the peasants were rebelling against CPC and China were falling apart. Like Thais, Chinese know well that this crisis is the result of globalization, not the government's fault. And...yeah..going back home, like Thais, they still have food. In these home, they have a huge rice storage enough for one year consumption. (The commune system was torn down long ago.) Each family owns a plot of land to grow rice, vegetable, and feed pigs, chickens and cattles. Believe it or not, Beijing has equipped each farmer household with a telephone line, TV set, digital satellite dish and receiver, free of charge, enough to have them connect to the outside world. Beijing bans land sales just to prevent these farmers from losing these farmers' "last resort" cheap to the rich since most of China is not yet industrialized. This "last resort" works as the best social security. Otherwise, slums would have been popped up all over in the city.

I learned something from this journey. In the industrialized society like Europe, US and Bangkok, when out of work, people depend on employment insurance to buy food to fill their stomachs. But in the agricultural society like rural Thailand and China, farmland is 'the' social insurance. They grow food. What if the crisis deepens further? The city dwellers will instead be in trouble.

Worapong

이양훈 on February 14, 2014

Very interesting what you wrote...

ƤōƝƓ on February 15, 2014

이양훈, thank you very much for your interest. :)

Greetings to Korea

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