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Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss

In this stunning novel, Darin Strauss combines fiction with astonishing fact to tell the story of history’s most famous twins. Born in Siam in 1811—on a squalid houseboat on the Mekong River—Chang and Eng Bunker were international celebrities before the age of twenty. Touring the world’s stages as a circus act, they settled in the American South just prior to the Civil War. They eventually married two sisters from North Carolina, fathering twenty-one children between them, and lived for more than six decades never more than seven inches apart, attached at the chest by a small band of skin and cartilage.
Woven from the fabric of fact, myth, and imagination, Strauss’s narrative gives poignant, articulate voice to these legendary brothers, and humanizes the freakish legend that grew up around them. Sweeping from the Far East and the court of the King of Siam to the shared intimacy of their lives in America, Chang and Eng rescues one of the nineteenth century’s most fabled human oddities from the sideshow of history, drawing from their extraordinary lives a novel of exceptional power and beauty.
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World Famous Conjoined Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker

A unique bond: Descendants of original Siamese Twins Chang and Eng visit the homeland

Updated November 14, In , on the floor of a fishing boat in a small Thai village, brothers Chang and Eng were born joined at the chest. They lived full and adventurous lives, travelling through Europe and America with their famous stage show, giving the world the term "Siamese twins". But Chang's great-grandson, Jim Haynes, said when the brothers were born, the villagers first saw them as a bad omen. That reaction was not uncommon. Since medieval times, conjoined twins have been seen as the work of the devil, and the medical community's instinct has been to separate them.

At the end of this month, from July 27 to 29, over 1, people, all related to each other, are expected to gather in North Carolina to celebrate one of the most fascinating love stories in American history. This story begins way back in , in the part of the world then known as Siam. It was in May of that year that two twins were born to a fisherman and his wife. They were named Chang and Eng. Chang and Eng would go on to become famous the world over. That fascination really has never ended. And later this month, when many of the descendants of Chang and Eng gather in North Carolina for the 29th annual family reunion, a camera crew from CBS will chronicle the event.


Taking control: Chang left and Eng Bunker become slave-owning Southern gentlemen. Their marital bed was built for four — brothers Chang and Eng in the middle and their wives on either side.

Login Create Account Search. White skinned, blue eyed and with a delightfully thick North Carolinian accent, Blackmon Jr, 67, is in fact the great-great grandson of Eng. Chang and Eng Bunker families circa Photo taken by Mathew Brady. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photos: Apipar Norapoompipat.

The first gathering of fourth- and fifth-generation descendants is being organised jointly with the Foreign Ministry as part of the th anniversary of Thai-US relations. The festival is co-hosted by the province and the Tourism Authority of Thailand with the aim of promoting Samut Songkhram as an international tourist destination. The descendants also paid visits to the studio of renowned sculptor Sa-ngad Jaiprom, who created the statue, and to the Memorial Park of King Rama II, who commissioned the twins to join a diplomatic mission to Indochina in The twins shot to international fame as part of a world tour in , before settling in the US a decade later. Their descendants now number more than 1,, many of whom continue to reside in the vicinity of Mount Airy, where the twins lived and worked for over 30 years before they died on January 17, , at the age of Wednesday, September 25, Columns Photogenic.


  1. Robert D. says:

    Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker were born in Siam in Andrew Orser's new book, “The Lives of Chang & Eng,” the Bunkers, born in Siam Enlarge Image The Bunker Siamese twins with their wives, who were.

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