White elephants compared to gift exchanges by eatery.
A Bay Area Thai fusion diner called the White Elephant is the passion of Siripat Nuengchamnong, a Thai-trained chef. Because of her cultural background she is confused by the way that we identify the albino elephants of her homeland.
“We like the elephant- the elephant is nice, friendly, and gentle, and it is a symbol of Thailand.” I know that here in America, a white elephant is a game where you can steal other people’s gifts in a gift exchange. But in Thailand, our white elephant is a rare species.”
Yes we do view the white elephant as something that doesn’t have as much value as they do in their home country. But we do use the white elephant gift exchange as a friendly group sharing activity and that is positive. In Thailand the albino elephant is rare and held in very high regard. We tend to use the gift exchange as a very popular party activity in the Americas.
At AlbinoPhant we believe that the white elephant gift should be elevated to include gifts that really add to the friendly atmosphere of the party. This is why we continue to share white elephant gift ideas that will add to the conversation within the game.
We are pleased that Thailand, a restaurant in California and others around the world continue to educate all of us concerning the white elephant and its value. The albino elephant and the gift exchange party that it has inspired are both very valuable. We will continue to promote great gift swapping opportunities here on the pages of AlbinoPhant.
Just for fun we explored the internet to find other restaurants that have chosen to name themselves after these rare white elephants. Listed below are various location around the world, so we have provided a link on each so that you can explore their websites if you wish.