December 8, 2012
Down a narrow sandstone lane off Bangkok’s Phra Athit Road, a graying man on a brisk walk stopped and bowed his head before a Buddhist shrine adorned with twirling dragons and golden Chinese characters. As he prayed, the wind rustled the leaves of some nearby frangipani and bougainvillea trees. Water lapped against the banks of a canal, and a snack vendor’s bell jingled in the distance.
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