Neat to find some others here! I'm caucasian, my husband is Thai.
My husband was born in Lamphun, and adopted along with one of his sisters to his aunt and uncle. His aunt is his mom's sister, and his uncle is american and met his aunt during the Vietnam war in Bangkok. So, my husband has lived in Germany, Michigan, Kentucky, Florida, and finally Washington where we live now.
We travelled back to Thailand in March 06 before I was pg with my 2nd daughter. Everyone called us "falang" and my daughter "falang noi". My oldest has very pale skin, and more of my features, but dark eyes and hair. People were constantly touching her skin to see if it was real or painted to be lighter. They also calling my oldest the Thai word for doll, though I'm not recalling it at the moment (thukatah?).
I don't speak more then very, very, basic Thai. My husband understands most Thai, but cannot read or write because he left Thailand just as he was learning and he was so eager to learn English he lost most of his Thai. It still bothers him to this day. I've taken a Thai language class but my understanding is very limited.
I absolutely loved the food when we were there. My husband's mother would go out to the garden and pick fresh greens to cook with meals. Eating a mango straight from a tree was so unbelievably delicious and nutritious! We eat a mixture of foods at home- we probably make traditional Thai food only a few times a month (usually sticky rice and papaya salad, phad se-iew, or red curry). My oldest DD became allergic to peanuts at the age of 3, but she is no longer testing allergic. We are doing an oral challenge at the allergist in June. I'm really hoping the peanut allergy really isn't a problem because it would make traveling back there much more scary. It would also mean we would have freedom to dine at more Thai restaurants around here!
I did see evidence of traditional nutrition going down-hill in my husband's village. None of the mom's breastfeed, though all the older women in the village were very supportive and said it was very good I was still nursing my oldest DD (who was 27 months at the time). They kept buying us sweets and bags of potato chips even though its not the food we eat at home. They just assumed since we were "American" we'd eat that stuff. I much prefer their tradtional diet! My husband has almost no taste for sweets because he didn't grow up on them. I predict a huge increase in obesity, heart-disease, diabetes, and the like the more the traditional diet is abandoned, which is really really sad
I will have to get some pics to a public site of my DD's so I can share them!