Launch of Enchanted Land at 137 Pillars House
Reception for the Launch of Enchanted Land: Foreign Writings, edited by Graham Jefcoate, at 137 Pillars House.
Enchanted Land: Foreign Writings about Chiang Mai in the Early 20th Century. In the years between 1867 and 1941, Chiang Mai and northern Siam was home to a small but influential community of farang or western foreigners. The westerners who came to live and work in the north during this period fell generally into three main categories: missionaries associated with the American Presbyterian Mission; the so-called “teak-wallahs”, as the managers and assistants employed by the foreign forestry companies were known; and government officials, who were either foreign diplomats or specialists working for the Siamese government. Many of these residents and visitors wrote about their lives, their work and experiences in the north in the form of letters, reports, magazine articles, memoirs, novels, short stories and even poetry. Enchanted Land provides a selection of their writings, very few of which are currently in print or easily available.
On February 10 Payap Lifelong Learning Presents: Enchanted Land: Foreign Writings about Chiang Mai in the Early 20th Century. An illustrated introduction by the editor, Graham Jefcoate. This is a free event, with refreshments (coffee and tea) provided by the Lifelong Learning Center. 9:30 – 11:30. Registration is required at www.lll.payap.com