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Anna and the King of Siam
Written by Panrit "Gor" Daoruang   
Friday, 09 February 2007 22:34

In my history book, there is nothing saying about Anna Leonowens. I didn't know about her before I watched the movie. The movie is banned here in Thailand because the government said that in the movie most of it is not true. For example, how she didn't pay proper respect to the king etc.

When I watched the movie, I saw that some of the story cound't be true like the king using chopsticks, I don't think at that time they used chopsticks, they used their hands. When he was exercising with the sword, that's not Thai, it is Chinese. And when he goes to meet the Burmese at the bridge, I don't think that they will go there only three people and meet hundreds of Burmese there. Also the king was an old man, he spent most of his life as a monk. The Cigar part I think it is not true, no way the king will ask a kid (Louis) to smoke. He was a monk for 27 years, I don't think he would have danced with Anna.

In my idea, this movie shouldn't be banned in Thailand. I know that lots of things and what they do in the movie aren't right but it will be good if you show it to Thai people and let them think for themselves. Or maybe just have an age limit to watch it. Lots of people want to watch it because they want to know what does a foreigner know about Thailand. When Thai people watch it they can then tell foreigners what's wrong and right.

 

FICTION
What Anna told about her life
FACT
What historians now believe
Her name was Anna Crawford, born in Wales, on November 5, 1834. Her name was Anna Edwards, born in India in 1831.
Her father was Captain Thomas Crawford, who died during a Sikh uprising in India when Anna was just 6 years old. Anna and her sister were at school in Wales at the time. Her father was Thomas Edwards, a cabinet maker who enlisted in the Bombay infantry. He died three months before Anna was born and her mother re-married to a corporal in the Engineers. Anna and her sister were sent to school in England.
Anna and her sister moved to India on the completion of their education at the age of 14 or 15. Anna and her sister returned to India on the completion of their education at the age of 14 or 15.
Her step-father wanted to marry her off to a man twice her age. To escape this situation, she went on a long tour of the middle east with the Reverand Percy Badger. Her step-father wanted to marry her off to a man twice her age. To escape this situation, she went on a long tour of the middle east with the Reverand Percy Badger.
On her return she eloped, at the age of 17, to marry an army captain named Thomas Leonowens. On her return she married, at the age of 18, a clerk called Thomas Leon Owens.
They lived in London for a while before, Thomas Leonowens, now a major, was posted to Singapore. Whilst there, Anna learned that the money that her father had left her had all been lost during the Indian Mutiny. Thomas Owens had difficulty in keeping a job and they moved around a lot. They had two children called Louis and Avis.
Major Thomas Leonowens suffered sunstroke on a tiger hunt and later died leaving Anna with two small children and no money. Thomas Owens died of apoplexy in Penang, Malaya. Anna moved to Singpaore.
Friends rallied round to help and she began a small school for officers' children. Her daughter Avis was sent back to England. Whilst in Singpaore she received the invitation to go to Siam (now Thailand). Friends rallied round to help and she began a small school for officers' children. Her daughter Avis was sent back to England. Whilst in Singpaore she received the invitation to go to Siam (now Thailand).

Information from King and I: Fact or Fiction, made by my old school.