TERRENCE KERO is an electronic engineer turned author. Over his career, he has traveled to eighty-eight countries worldwide, and has served as general chairman of four international telecommunications conferences involving participants from more than forty countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Since he first went to Thailand more than two decades ago, he has visited fifty of its seventy-seven provinces. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities in Asia, including Beijing University (Speech Recognition Technology) and Thailand’s Thammasat University (Anthropology Department) and Mahidol University (Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia). On the basis of his experiences with people all over Thailand, he has concluded that it is truly the Land of Smiles. He currently lives in Pacifica, a suburb of San Francisco, with his wife, Takoma.