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Endless Kindness from Thai People (Jun. 15, 2011)

Ms. Porntip Kanjananiyot

Executive Director, TUSEF





Porntip Kanjananiyot told us about the endless kindness of Thai people through an American Fulbright alumnus, Justin McDaniel, who she met once again in Washington, D.C. at a celebration activity of the 60th Anniversary. She found it fun, listening to his fond reminiscence.  Some years ago when Justin was on a Fulbright grant in Thailand doing research on Buddhism, lots of things his close Thai friend had done for him made him realize how the Thai kindness was like.  For examples, knowing that Justin’s feet are big and difficult to find appropriate size of shoes, his friend secretly measured his feet’s size while he was sleeping in order to have a pair of shoes made for him as a surprise birthday’s gift.  Besides the shoes, on his birthday Justin also received a big box of imported beer, which was not easy to buy at that time.  That day was unforgettable as both of them had a road accident while his friend was giving him a ride on the back of a motorcycle.  Although falling off from the motorcycle and was injured on his ankle, his friend still managed to ask Justin whether the box of beer was in good shape!  Justin had never thought he would hear it from his friend at that particular moment!  

The story reflected the uniqueness of Thai people’s endless kindness that could be beneficial if it is adapted appropriately to service businesses. Then again, the never-ending kindness could also be easily taken advantage by foreigners if the Thais do not understand of ‘how to give’ properly.


ข้อเขียนทั้งภาษาไทยและภาษาอังกฤษทุกเรื่องที่นำเสนอโดยมูลนิธิการศึกษาไทย-อเมริกัน  (ฟุลไบรท์) ผู้สนใจสามารถจะนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ต่อการเรียนการสอนและกิจกรรมทางการศึกษาที่เกี่ยวข้องได้โดยขอความกรุณาอ้างอิงถึงแหล่งที่มาให้ชัดเจนด้วย


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