The term lady-in-waiting refers to a female servant in a royal court. Some of these ladies manage to work their way up to gain a higher social status. Stories about these ladies sometimes reveal glimpses of palace life. But an even more interesting historical account can be sampled when these "ladies", along with the duties they perform, are replaced by men.
Naii Nai During The Reign Of King Rama VI by Chanan Yodhong 294pp, 2012 Matichon Publishing. Available at leading bookstores, 240 baht.
Chanan Yodhong's Naii Nai During the Reign Of King Rama VI stirred much interest two months ago during the National Book Fair. This audacious book is an extension of Chanan's masters' thesis on feminism at Thammasat University. The book has seen robust sales and stimulated much discussion, with Chanan appearing on television for an interview.
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