AIDS in southern Thailand: stories of krengjai and social connections


Gregory A.Bechtel 1703 Woodhill Trail, Augusta, Georgia 30909, USA.


AIDS in southern Thailand: stories of krengjaiand social connections¶ HIV-disease in southern Thailand has reached epidemic proportions. The␣declining Thai economy, coupled with social discrimination among people with the disease, has adversely affected individual, family and community krengjai. Among Thai's, krengjai is used to describe social order, avoid personal conflict, and maintain harmony in relationships. Using the framework of story, this narrative study explores the experiences of five individuals with HIV-disease and their tenuous relationship with krengjai.