Bangkok – (insert choice) Capital
I’ve found it interesting to note, in my time here, that many Thai people don’t read. It’s not such an uncommon thing since all countries have a large portion of the population that either don’t like to read or simply cannot. Back home it was normal to see many people catching the train reading, something that I’ve not seen much of here.
It was with much surprise then, that I read an article in the Bangkok Post saying that Bangkok want’s to be the book capital of the world in 2008. Luckily for them they have some time before the decision of the UNESCO is made, but I can’t see how this time will be sufficient to change the attitude of the many Bangkokians who refuse to or cannot read. It will take a dramatic change of attitudes to achieve what they are hoping for.
I’m curious though, should attempts succeed and Bangkok be named book capital of the world 2008, what exactly would the benefits of this be? ‘Bangkok – book capital of the world’ definitely doesn’t hold as much prestige as ‘fashion capital of south east asia’ and at least that title lasts longer than a year (I would hope).