Thomas Jefferson Goes East

National Review, March 30, 1992.


I first arrived in Thailand in September 1965, a skinny 22-year-old, and stayed for six years. I married there. My first child was born there. In many of the most important ways, i grew up there.

I went to Thailand from Harvard as I had gone to Harvard from Newton, Iowa. Both were about as far as I could get from where I was, and in those days I had what the Peace Corps psychologist told me was a “high need for change.” I was talking to a Peace Corps psychologist because I had joined up. I was a Volunteer attached to the Village Health and Sanitation Project.