When we reached a standoff in understanding, we shared articles written by other people from our viewpoints. For example, I would send my partner a magazine article from Christianity Today about prayer or he would send me a link to String Theory for Dummies. Sometimes, hearing a message in a different voice can break down walls and bridge gaps in understanding. My boyfriend and I have moments like these daily, when discussing death, or politics, or dog breeds. We realized that what bonded us was not the details, but the big picture.
Thailand has changed dramatically over the last 30 years. And it has changed a great deal over the last ten years. But Thailand's growth, its relative economic prosperity, the urban drift and the opening up of the country to foreign interests has resulted in not just growing pains, but repeated misunderstandings between Thais and foreigners.
TWBA: Fast Talk with Myrtle Sarrosa
Thailand is home to Thai culture, of course.