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Transcript of Thailand
I describe Thailand as the land of smiles.
Thai people are becoming more educated on their countries needs and development for future growth and wealth but more attention needs to be paid to their natural resources.
Human Characteristics of Thailand
Where is Thailand?
Thailand is located in southeast Asia surrounded by 4 different countries Laos to the north, Cambodia to the northeast, Malaysia to the south and Myanmar to the west. In comparison to Australia Thailand is quite small, Thailand has a population estimated at 68,256,000 and Australia has a population estimated at 23,640,800. I think that Australia should share our land a bit more as our land area is very big and not all used and in the centre it is too hot for living. Most people live on the coast because it has a nice warm or cool temperature. Thailand is a hot place so maybe they could adapt to the environment but it is not just Thais that come to Australia from Asia we also have people from Europe, Africa and north and south America . We also have to respect the native people of Australia and they are called aborigines and they have sacred lands where we are not allowed to go to.
By Flynn Harris
North Pacific Ocean
Culture: North Thais are noticed for their fair skin and the southern people for their dark skin. Thai people are a mix of Chinese and Thai heritage.
Religion: Thailand is 95% Buddhist and the remaining 5% are Christians and Muslim. Most Thai males enter the temple as a novice monk for a period of time, usually before they marry.
Food: All regions have their own style of cooking but basically Thai food is hot and spicy and always served with rice. Thais usually share their food at meal times. When they serve food up onto the table it is already cut up for them to eat.
Traditions:there are 8 Buddhist holidays a year. The biggest festival in Thailand is Songkran which happens in April also known as the water throwing festival. Thai people take their shoes off to enter a temple or a home to show their respect. The traditional Thai greeting is called the "wai" placing hands together and bowing. Touching people on the head is disrespectful, it is very rude to show your anger. These traditions are very different from Australia where respect for your elders seems like a thing from the past.
This is the water festival.
Why do they have the the water festival
Songkran is Thailand's most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning 'passing' or 'approaching'.
: Thailand's economy is one of the best in south east Asia due to cheap labor costs and their growing exports. They are a self sufficient country. most people in the cities live in a small apartment and don`t have backyards.
: Transport has been a major issue as far as traffic jams and pollution but becoming better because of their knowledge for cleaner energy, electric railway system, buses and trains that run on gas. Approximately 200,000 taxis are in Bangkok compared to Devonport which only has 10 taxies, 18,806 in Australia in 2009.
: Thailand is currently spending approximately 3 billion bart [100 million Aus dollar] to double its current capacity to recycle waste into energy.
Bangkok generates 1/4 of Thailand's waste.
Due to the fact that Thailand is below sea level it can flood easily. Flood barriers and water levels are being upgraded and building more dams to use for their crops.
Education is mostly government funded but now private schools are becoming more popular due to increased wealth of Thai people.
:Thailand has some of the best medical equipped private hospitals in the world. People travel from all around the world to access these. Government run hospitals are much cheaper and busier. It only costs one dollar to see a doctor.
Positive: Air pollution has increased particularly in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. This area approximately 20% of the national population and over half of the countries factories. Some of the other causes for air pollution are - motor vehicles motor bikes, household, industrial waste and agricultural burning. Agencies that have set up standers to help control air pollution. Pollution control department is one of them.
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsps sweet chili sauce
1 tsp hot sauce (chili-garlic, optional)
1 lb shrimp (tail-on, shelled but leave tail on)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsps coconut milk (or regular milk)
salt (and pepper)
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (Japanese)
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
oil (for frying)
Thai people still rely on a lot of aid from SOS Children, UNICEF, Hands across the water and WORLD VISION Thailand.
1. UNICEF: UNICEF is giving more than 300,000 water hygiene and sanitation items, including bars of soap, chlorine drops for water purification, alcohol hand-wash gel and garbage bags, to flood-affected families in order to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases. UNICEF was created in December 11 1946 which means they are 68 years old. After World War II, European children face famine and disease UNICEF was created to help provide food, clothing and health care to them.
2.SOS Children: In 1972, There first SOS Children's Village in Thailand was opened in Bangpoo in Bangkok. SOS Children began its work in the country in 1972. SOS Children provide orphaned and abandoned children in Thailand with a new mother, a family and a home where they can stay until they are ready for independent life.
3.Hands across the water:In 2004, they initially supported 32 kids who had lost their parents and were living in a tent at Baan Tharn Namchai (BTN) in Phang-Nga, a town on Thailand’s northern Andaman coast. The kids were left without food, shelter or support.
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Thailand is moving forward at a fast rate and with it a new set of environmental problems. some of these are - Air pollution and declining wildlife population.
Thailand has the lowest water per person than any other asian country up to 1/3 of its water is unusable for human consumption, this is a result of untreated sewage, industrial waste water and solid hazardous wastes due to the pollution going into the rivers. Hundreds of thousands of fish and other life have reduced large amounts of arsenic were found in the groundwater, this came from mining. They have "red tides" which are a direct result of excessive algae growth, oil spills and other pollutants. This has also affected the marine life.
This interview was conducted through my 2nd cousin who sponsors a Thai farming family in North East Thailand and he is speaking on behalf of the family.
1.What do they do on a daily basis?
On a daily basis they get up at 5:00am and ride the buffalo to there rice farm were they spend the day tending to there rice paddy's then returning home at the sun set to have a family meal.
2. How do they contribute to their community or share with others?
They contribute by different farms growing rice and selling it to the city and giving produces for the temple to help the poor.
3.What is their strongest desire or wish for their life?
Their wish is to give there children a good education so they can get good jobs in the city and be able to take care of their older family members. This is a Thai tradition.
4.How has their life impacted or been affected by the problems they face in a community or region?
The biggest problem they face in everyday life is the weather because it floods very easily and can ruin there rice harvest and makes life very difficult for family expenses and this can be a big worry for the head of the family.
5.What kinds of responsibilities does the father have?
He is also head man in the village and this means he is responsible for the well being of his people.
6.If he could ask for one thing, what would they ask for and what might they say?
I think they would ask for the best for their children and a better government for Thailand because at the moment the country is having some political unrest.
7.What kind of thoughts go through this person's mind on a daily basis?
Hoping that he can provide for his family and keeping his family healthy because of a poor health system in country areas.
8.What kind of things does this person hear on a daily basis?
They hear about new farming technology and better rice crops but on the sad side corruption is such a big issue all over Thailand
9.What does this person witness in the world around them?
They see how far western country's have improved and want this for Thailand so it can prosper.
Thai people are made up of migrants from neighboring country's. There cultural beliefs have mainly been influenced by India, China, Cambodia and Laos. Following is a map showing the four main ethnic groups in Thailand.
Indigenous people of Thailand are commonly known as hill tribes and sometimes "ethnic minorities" the ten officially recognized groups are usually called Choa Khoa meaning hill/mountain people or highlanders. some of the recognized tribes are Akha, Htin, Khamu, Lahu, Lisu, Lua, Med and Yao. The population of the hill tribes is estimated at 1.2 million. Hill Tribe children have disadvantages when it comes to school as they don't receive a good education due to the lack of support with the cost and materials needed. Most children have no choice but to stay home and for those who are able to attend school, it can be very difficult to succeed because the school systems aren't in their native tongue and they make little effort to accommodate their various cultures and living conditions.
Trates of Thai people:
Family, Friends and good food most important