I had no idea about Jim Thompson. He was an expat American living in Bangkok in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. He has several claims to fame, including single-handedly taking the Thai silk industry from a dying cottage industry to an international powerhouse, to collecting one of the first and most valuable private collections of East Asian art, to disappearing in mysterious circumstances in the Malaysian highlands in 1967. 703 more words
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