Further to my letter, on visiting the hospital I discovered that I was not alone. Other foreigners have also been caught unawares by the particular violence of this year’s Songkran celebrations. I made the acquaintance of an injured and very upset Canadian visitor.
“Why is Thai youth so angry?” he kept repeating. It’s an interesting and important question, particularly in a Buddhist country, and one that should require an answer sooner rather than later. Young Thais reading this might care to contribute to the discussion. After all, it’s all about your future.