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‘We Don’t Perform for People, We Perform for the Gods’ - The New York Times
Chinese migration to Thailand can be traced to the 13th century, according to the Minority Rights Group. Today about 14 percent of the population is ethnically Chinese, according to World Population Review, making Thailand the home of one of the world’s largest Chinese communities outside China.

On a recent afternoon, actors had spent two hours applying layers of makeup backstage, transforming into gods and goddesses, heroes and villains from Chinese folklore and mythology.

The performance mixes elements of martial arts, singing and dancing, accompanied by music played on traditional Chinese instruments like the hammered dulcimer and the four-stringed pipa. Their scripts are primarily based on Chinese folk stories, but some are adaptations of Indian movies. They are delivered in Teochew, a dialect originating in Southern China.

“As long as Chinese shrines exist and people continue praying,” he said, “the Chinese opera will be here.”
opera  chinese  thailand 
april 2018 by aries1988
Bangkok’s best street food: a guide to dishes and districts
Food blogger Chawadee Nualkhair tracks down the Thai capital’s best street food cooks in five neighbourhoods – and joins devoted regulars for superb satay, noodles, chicken rice and more
cuisine  food  thailand  guide  travel 
november 2015 by aries1988

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