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Thailand: Traditions of the Household, Temple Fair and Court

Many Americans become acquainted with one aspect of Thai culture when they eat at one of the hundreds of Thai restaurants that have opened in American cities over the past two decades. These establishments have enriched American cuisine at the same time that the Southeast Asian community has enriched the ethnic composition of our country, and they offer Americans a glimpse of Thailand quite different from the images wrought by the Vietnam War or, earlier, by the ever-popular Broadway hit, "The King and I."

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