From Here to Bangkok: How Bangkok Opened My Heart and Broke It [NOOK Book]

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Binational couples face many challenges from culture, geography, language, and cuisine. Same-sex binational couples face all of those challenges along with a cruelly divisive American immigration policy. From Here to Bangkok presents a deeply personal account of the struggle of living as a same-sex binational couple. It begins immediately before the author made his first trip to Thailand, where he met his romantic companion for the first time. He describes his sensations of being poured into a hot culture, ...
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From Here to Bangkok: How Bangkok Opened My Heart and Broke It

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Overview

Binational couples face many challenges from culture, geography, language, and cuisine. Same-sex binational couples face all of those challenges along with a cruelly divisive American immigration policy. From Here to Bangkok presents a deeply personal account of the struggle of living as a same-sex binational couple. It begins immediately before the author made his first trip to Thailand, where he met his romantic companion for the first time. He describes his sensations of being poured into a hot culture, brimming with heat, romance, spicy food, and a mutual curiosity. From there, it weaves back and forth, from Thailand to America in a quest to find a workable solution to the problem of having divided lives and divided hearts. The perspective can be described as a balanced marriage between art and science. Philosophy, in the sense of how we conduct our lives, intersects the narrative in several sections, along with commentaries relating to the political atmosphere that has created a need for stories such as this.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011881633
  • Publisher: Ryan Johnson
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,371,936
  • File size: 119 KB

Meet the Author

Growing up in Southern California and becoming a citizen of the world has created a unique perspective that is Ryan's story. As an advocate of equality, for all people, Ryan never loses sight of the larger influences at work that affect us all. Ryan was educated in neuropsychology, but his life changed course forever when he embarked on a journey to Thailand that filled him with insights about culture, politics, economics, and love.
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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    NOT JUST A LOVE STORY

    Ryan Johnson casts a wide net. Plausibly this book could be titled "The World According to Ryan" or "All That Is Wrong With World". His globe-trotting story of being in the impossible and oft times surreal situation of an American partner in a binational, same sex relationship with the hope of bringing his foreign love to America for a happily-ever after encompasses much that is beyond the scope of the love story itself. Johnson shares his fervently held values and personal thoughts on just about all the pressing political and philosophical issues of our time -- if not all time -- as they relate to human rights issues and -- indeed -- existence itself. Being of the same political and philosophical bent, I appreciated his capacity for compassion and understanding. I particularly related to his quest for the authentic and his appreciation of life as a journey that continually offers opportunity for personal growth and wisdom. Returning to the love story, it is important that more of these stories be told and brave of Johnson to share it. Currently, Americans may think they enjoy freedom but all it takes is falling in love with some one of the same gender from across a U.S. border to realize just how limited our lives can be. Binational same sex relationships are fraught with unnecessary struggles. The matter of choice in love and family is a human right. Presently the American government curtails the pool of potential partners for same sex partners in a way that mix gender couples couldn't possibly imagine. This book should be read by anyone who wants to understand the difficulties -- and the beauty -- of finding love in a foreign land. And the unique complications that ensue for same sex partners.

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