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Writing Me: Where I’m From

September 27, 2011

Our Kids

Recently, Jade Keller, our Education Manager, encouraged the students to express themselves by writing a poem about where they come from, but they struggled to come up with ideas. Through Jade spurring them on in brainstorming, a few students crafted some beautiful poems. And everyone contributed to one group compilation poem.

Please comment so the students will be encouraged to keep trying! We want to pass along your thoughts to them and excite them about the way art engages across cultures.


By Nong*

I am from the lotus flower, from Buddhist Lent, and warm family.

I am from high school, from cozy bedroom, from sister and brother and brother-in-law.

From “Did you eat yet?” and “Do your homework.”

I am from temple and monks and novices, from Chiang Rai, from Pasang.

Note: “Did you eat yet?” is an affectionate greeting in Thai culture. Pronounced “Gin kaaw ru yang?” is literally means “Have you eaten rice already or not?” Eating rice is so common in Thailand that it is the phrase for all eating in general.

By Noo

I am from Thai griddle cakes and vibrant family.

I am from jasmine blossoms, from Songkran, from harmony.

From a home small, wooden, and warm.

Note: Songkran in the Thai new year festival that essentially involves half the country lining the streets with hoses and buckets of water while the other half of the country drives down the road with their own water supply. The entire country is essentially soaked to the bone for a week straight during this fun, festive holiday!

By Ling-Ling

I am from rice fields, from banana trees and 7-11.

From kind-hearted and warm farmers who like to eat fish.

I’m from “Son, time to eat” and “Son, time to sleep.”

I am from the longan fruit, from milk, and from mango.

I am from rice and I am from God.

Note: 7-11 stores–you know the ones–are all over in Thailand!

This year, Jade Keller was welcomed to The SOLD Project’s staff in Chiang Rai, Thailand. As Education Manager, she runs bi-weekly workshops geared towards providing important fundamentals to help the students as they progress in life. Jade helps them develop skills in communication, problem solving, and critical thinking through, for example, workshops in drawing and creative writing. Eventually, the students will learn how to write a resume, apply for college or a job, and perform in an interview. 

*Names have been changed.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel Carey permalink
    September 27, 2011 5:58 pm

    This made me cry.

  2. September 28, 2011 8:10 am

    Cat, Lian, and Jack: Beautiful. As a writer and a lover of words, I was drawn in by these poems. They give me a peak into your lives, and I am honored. Keep writing. The world needs to hear your stories.

  3. Emily O'Connor permalink
    September 30, 2011 12:12 pm

    This made my heart happy. Such talented kids!

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