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Aline Deschamps : Luk Khrueng Generation


“Luk khrueng”. Behind this curious word, hides a social phenomenon which climaxed in Thailand in the 2000s. The luk khruengs, or literally translated as the “half-children”, are born from one Thai parent, and the other one farang (foreigner). Aline Deschamps, a French-Thai photographer, decides to return to Thailand to capture and interview her fellow luk khruengs about their construction of identity : How does it feel when the word you’re called, literally means « half-child » in Thai ? And how do you navigate between multi-cultural backgrounds ? Mixity is a universal subject in our globalized world. But in the Thai Kingdom it has an ironic turnout. Back in the 60s, 70s, American GIs arrived on the Thai shores during the Vietnam War, and many luk khruengs were considered as children of the prostitution, and therefore put at the margins of the very stratified Thai society. With the boom of globalisation and the Western standardisation of beauty, these outsiders finally took revenge in Thailand : mixed-children became a trend, and sometimes even, a social status. In the last thirty years,...

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