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Central Thailand restaurant offers free boxed meals to migrants

Caitlin Ashworth




With some restaurants refusing to serve migrants due to fears that they might carry Covid-19, a restaurant in the Central Thailand province Nakhon Sawan is offering free food to migrant workers.

Many migrants, particularly from Myanmar, have faced discrimination after the outbreak in Samut Sakhon which impacted a large community of migrant workers around the Mahachai area fishing hub.

Owner of Bon Bon Nakhon Sawan restaurant, Apichai Chalanan, says many of the migrants have been turned away by shops and restaurants have refused to serve them.

Apichai says he is offering free boxed meals to migrants who cannot find food or have nothing to eat. He says migrants from any country can come by the restaurant from 5pm to midnight. Apichai says he will continue giving out the free meals until the coronavirus situation has improved.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    steen thomsen

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    What a good man !!

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      Frank Leboeuf

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 5:57 pm

      Indeed, happy to hear this. Empathy is the way forward!

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      Yup, good for him – well done that man.

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    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    What makes one person an expat, and another a foreign worker or migrant?

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      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Go in asking for a free box and find out

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      The rules.

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      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:59 am

      I’d posted a reply to your question, with some reading on the subject, but apparently the message is blocked by moderation.

      Just Google “migrant expat” for some interesting points of view on the semantics of such loaded words.

      Hope this helps

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        preesy chepuce

        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:31 pm

        Yes… “expat” means rich, white, western European middle class, and “migrant” mneans poorer, duskier, more proletarian folk… If on travelled to Thailand every 6 months to teach diving or English, you’d be a migrant worker…. where’s that takeaway?!

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      preesy chepuce

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:29 pm

      I think ASEAN citizenship is a usual prerequisite, a bit like how Portuguese and Polish can be considered migrant workers in the UK for doing 3,000 mile commute just because they were in the EU.
      Strictly-speaking being a migrant worker is not to do with politics and geography, but seasonality.

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    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    This is Thainess

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    An admirable charity.

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    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    I suppose he’s helping some at least so not to be knocked .when I was in pataya in April a local solicitors had set up benches on South rd and was feeding the people what a good woman she was thier must have been 300 in the que that was then

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:42 am

    I wish to donate

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 7:11 am

    I tip my imaginary hat to this man. Well done, sir!?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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