Meeting: “"Sattahip" by Rong Wongsawan - A Story of
Military and Thailand”.
17 September 2019.
A talk by
"Sattahip: yang mai mi la kon" (สัตหีบ :
ยังไม่มีลาก่อน), a work by the major Thai writer Rong Wongsawan ['รงค์
วงษ์สวรรค์] (1932-2009), was recently translated into English by
Siamrad Maher. The book was written in 1972 and is about American
military forces stationed at Sattahip Naval Base and U-tapao Air Base.
Rong interviews the Thai bartenders, “rental wives” and bosses that
serve the soldiers. By doing this he tells very human stories of love,
hard work, inter-cultural confusions, greed and business.
Siamrad Maher is a Thai/American citizen, who was adopted from
Thailand and grew up in America. He retired from the American US Air
Force, after serving on many missions in Thailand as a military medic,
and a translator, including missions in Sattahip. He is currently a
student at Payap University, where he is doing an internship as a
literary translator, under the guidance of Dr. Tony Waters.
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