Party politics


Dear Hillary,

Every time when we go to a party, all the women congregate at one end of the veranda, and eat off the floor, while all the men sit at a table at the other end. Are the Thai women taught to be like that? I find it annoying to be honest. I am told it is their culture, but surely that can be changed? Don’t tell me they haven’t got tables and chairs in their own house.



Dear Geoff,

It is the culture and stems from living in small houses where tables and chairs would take up far too much room, while the sheet on the floor is just rolled up and placed out of sight.