In Bangkok, the biggest city in Thailand, No Barriers with Joel Barish visits the Thailand National Association of the Deaf and its vice-president Surasak, along with the deaf sports association. Traveling on a motorbike with Jay, a Deaf local, Joel takes in the sights of the city, as well as by riding on a boat in the “express lane” on the river to beat the traffic. Visiting a coffee shop owned by deaf woman Apiradee, Joel tries some local coffee before eating grilled pork from a street stall, owned by a deaf man for over 30 years. Bangkok has several deaf-owned businesses, and Joel visits yet another deaf-owned store where 4 deaf people work. Going through a floating market where everything is done in boats, Joel stops to see the market before visiting a deaf-owned sock factory. Kamol, the owner of the factory, is interviewed, and then Joel visits a deaf-owned flower shop, and interviews the owner Chokochai.
ABOUT THE SHOW
An around-the-world trip took Joel to seven countries and many different successful Deaf individuals! In just two weeks, No Barriers with Joel Barish traveled via air to spend about two days in each city and truly showcases how empowered deaf people are all around the world. The trip was a positive outlook on the potential of deaf people to succeed in any aspect. No Barriers with Joel Barish would not have been able to complete the trip if it were not for tourism offices in each country. The offices provided Joel with local Deaf tour guides and accommodations to promote their countries, and No Barriers with Joel Barish is always open to new ideas and locations and partnerships with local tourism offices.