Arroy: The Thai Food Cart documents street vendors and market spaces in the central region of Thailand. Cuisine is a complex, multi-faceted feature of Thai culture and goes far beyond the Western perception of “Thai Food.” This video documentation captures food being prepared, sold, packaged, displayed, and eaten by both residents and tourists. The tourist perspective contrasts greatly with Thai natives’ communal rituals, traditional dishes, and religious practice. The visual “leitmotifs” highlight various actions done by hands, such as exchanging currency and goods, cooking, handling utensils, offerings into alms bowls, etc. The resulting film demonstrates the cultural significance of Thai cuisine as a communal medium for the people of Thailand.
This work was funded, in part, through an Undergraduate Research Award from the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Education.