Do you ever feel not farang?

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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by dtaai-maai » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:13 pm

I wonder if he ever feels 'not Scottish'?
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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by Nereus » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:18 pm

he very rarely speaks English.

I thought you wrote that he is Scottish!
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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by StevePIraq » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:36 pm

Do you think he ever gets to speak Celtic or Gaelic in Isaan. He's Scots therefore part of Britain and the language is English. I'm sure this will wind a few up.
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Post by Ginjaninja » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:11 pm

All in good jest coming from an Aussie-Thai...
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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by StevePIraq » Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:59 pm

dtaai-maai wrote:I wonder if he ever feels 'not Scottish'?
I am sure he does after 35+ years in Isaan with only Thai/Isaan TV and radio. He is a very sad figure who does not get invited to functions, but whenever I visit, which is not often he always gets invited around so I have someone to talk to.
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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by Spitfire » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:05 pm

"Do you ever feel not Farang"

No.....bordering on a troll thread
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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by golferstu » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:04 am

It's not that i do not feel welcome anywhere i have been traveling for these past 3 years.

Only that i sometimes ponder about some odd things i picked up while travelling Bangkok, and that i felt a correlation was in order.

There's not been any problem for me here, or anywhere else for that matter. I came to this place last year and had a great time. I was warmly welcomed and well taken care of. So yeah, i am pretty much satisfied in that regard.

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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by Henry 14th » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:51 am

I am a foreigner living in a different country. How else I am I supposed to feel?

I wonder if the many Brits living in Spain are accepted any differently by the natives than we are here?

What is the need to feel like a local when we are not?

I know my stepfather business partner in the UK was know as the 'Indian doctor' even though the Indian was born in the UK.

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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by RCer » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:11 pm

Farang (Thai: ฝรั่ง [faràŋ], colloquially [falàŋ]) is a generic Thai word for someone of European ancestry, no matter where they may come from. The Royal Institute Dictionary 1999, the official dictionary of Thai words, defines the word as "a person of white race".

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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by Bamboo Grove » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:02 am

I wonder if the many Brits living in Spain are accepted any differently by the natives than we are here?
I also wonder how anyone not from the Great British Empire would feel about living in UK? Are they accepted as per se?
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Post by Henry 14th » Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:20 am

Bamboo Grove wrote:
I wonder if the many Brits living in Spain are accepted any differently by the natives than we are here?
I also wonder how anyone not from the Great British Empire would feel about living in UK? Are they accepted as per se?
You have to wonder now especially after Brexit was mainly called because of immigration policies.

As I said in my earlier post. A doctor's who was born,raised and educated in the UK was referred to and the 'indian doctor'.

White guys here in Thailand are categorized as Falang. I believe that on the subcontinent white folk are called Gora.

These are just terms to generalize people whose origins are obviously not local.

Nothing to take offense over thays for sure.

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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by handdrummer » Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:27 am

as long as you're identified as the same color as the people in whose country you are you'll probably feel accepted. a least that was my experience in France, England, Wales, Australia & New Zealand, until I opened my mouth and my accent gave me away.

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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by HHTel » Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:25 pm

I was always bemused during South Africa's apartheid era that Chinese were coloured but Japanese were white!!

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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by golferstu » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:18 am

There certainly are moments i feel more farang than others. The problem being not the feeling of being farang in and on itself... What i mean by this is that whatever you do, or wherever you go outside the wider state areas, you are going to be immediately looked funny at. It cannot be helped. Even here, outside the capital, on the farm lands, the hicks are not used to seeing people that are not white and so react immediately by shouting obscenities or some other form or variety of verbal harassment at you. Its nothing I have personally observed or have happened to me, but you never know. I had a pretty bad run in with the locals in South Africa a couple of years ago. That was no fun at all.

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Re: Do you ever feel not farang?

Post by oakdale160 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:28 am

Talking last night to an Aussie on this subject--he lived in the UK for over 30y, has a British wife and children, only visited Aus four times in the 30y, but never ever felt British

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