Diana Fitch is a half-Thai half-American teenager from America. I have had hundreds of letters from Thai students living in America but I was surprised when Diana wrote to me to say that her grandmother lived about 10 minutes up the road from me in Samut Prakan. She recently came here during her summer holidays and asked me to visit her at her grandmother's house. She said she wanted to show me her Thai dancing.
|Outside Diana's grandmother's house.||Me with Diana, her grandmother and her mum.||Me interviewing Diana.|
PANRIT: Can you introduce yourself please?
DIANA: My name is Diane. I am nearly 16 years old and I was born in California.
PANRIT: When did you first come to visit Thailand?
DIANA: When I was a baby. I have been coming here nearly every year. I used to come for three months but now it is only one month because I am more busy at school.
PANRIT: Can you speak Thai?
DIANA: Yes. But I find it difficult to read and write.
PANRIT: What Thai food do you like?
DIANA: I like pad Thai (Thai fried noodles). But I don't like spicey food. I can't stand it.
PANRIT: Do you think you will come to live in Thailand in the future?
DIANA: I don't know. I'll have to think about that.
PANRIT: You dance very well. When did you first start to do Thai dancing?
DIANA: When I was three but I didn't take it seriously until I was thirteen. Now I practice every day.
PANRIT: Also while you are in America?
DIANA: Yes I do, but I first learned here in Thailand when I was three.
PANRIT: What do your friends in America think about it? Can they do it too?
DIANA: No! They think it is hard and run away!
PANRIT: Well, I think you dance very well. You told me on the telephone that you are a Christian, is that right?
DIANA: Yes, I go to church every Sunday.
PANRIT: Even when you are here?
DIANA: Yes, of course. Next Sunday I am going to dance at the chance because it is Mother's Day.