Fear of a flooded future in Pitchaya Sudbanthad's Bangkok Wakes To Rain

Bangkok Wakes To Rain is anchored in the site of an old house in the Thai capital, which witnesses a sea change over two centuries.
Bangkok Wakes To Rain is anchored in the site of an old house in the Thai capital, which witnesses a sea change over two centuries.PHOTO: SCEPTRE BOOKS

SINGAPORE - Thai-American writer Pitchaya Sudbanthad remembers major floods in Bangkok from his childhood in the 1980s. As recently as 2011, he was helping to fill up sandbags at his parents' house in case floodwaters reached it.

"People in Bangkok have an intimate relationship with rain," says the 42-year-old.

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