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Voices from the Thai Countryside
"The Necklace" and Other Stories
Samruam Singh
Edited and Translated by Katherine A. Bowie

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Glimpses of village life during a tumuluous period of Thai history

Set in northern Thailand during the mid–1970s, the stories in this collection capture a period of dramatic social and economic change. Amidst a setting of marketplaces and paddyfields, lemon trees and leaf-roofed houses, these vignettes offer revealing insights into the daily lives of ordinary villagers and hillspeople struggling to survive.

“[These] stories provide a good deal of accurate information on a period of Thai history that is little known in the West.”—Susan Kepner, Crossroads

Samruam Singh (1949–1996) was a teacher, writer, and activist. He published most of the stories in this collection in the progressive weekly Jaturat, during the interlude between the ousting of the nation’s military government in 1973 and the return of military rule in 1976. Katherine A. Bowie, professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the author of Rituals of National Loyalty: An Anthropology of the State and the Village Scout Movement in Thailand.

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the cover of Singh's book is a wine color with an illustration of from the story.

March 2008

152 pp.  6 x 9
6 b/w illus.
ISBN-13: Paper $24.95 s

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ISBN-10: 1-881261-24-7)

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