Nong Tinna thinks about her parents back home in Thailand all the time. In fact, today, the dutiful daughter — she's the only one of four children to live in the US — has come to Thai Town to wire money home.
But the Thai military's announced coup on Thursday doesn’t have her very worried about her parent's safety.
"Everything should be fine," Tinna said. "The soldiers are like the middle people trying to get both sides to talk. They don't want to control everything, no."
The warring factions Tinna is referring to are the political elite based in Bangkok who have been clashing with protestors belonging to a populist movement particularly vibrant in rural areas of the country.
With an estimated 30,000 of Thai in LA County, it's hard to gauge the diaspora's reaction to the military takeover, which comes with a ban on gatherings of more than 5 people and a nighttime curfew.
But those interviewed in Thai Town for this story said they are feeling calm because the coup's been bloodless so far and has been billed as a way to stem political unrest that's rocked the country for the last six months.
Kiki Kaveevittayakul, a 27-year-old financial adviser from Woodland Hills, said that the military is quite beloved in her home country. She scrolls through Facebook on her phone, and the silhouette of a Thai solider pops up with the caption "We love the Thai soldier."
"The soldiers, they protect the country, you know?" Kavee said. "We're happy they're taking action."
Another factor informing Thais' reaction: Thailand has a long history of coups. Thursday's is the 12th military coup since the absolute monarchy ended in 1932, and the second one in a decade.
Michael Petcha, a 26-year-old who works at the Bhankanomthai dessert shop, said that he's communicated by Skype and Facebook with his girlfriend and parents, who are all in Thailand.
"Everyone's just trying to rush home before the curfew," Petcha said. "It's very relaxed, it's happened before, and this time around, the people I talked to, they don't seem that surprised by it at all.
In the meantime, the State Department has issued an alert about travel to Thailand, "particularly Bangkok, due to ongoing political and social unrest." The advisory doesn't discourage Americans from going — that's reserved for places with ongoing instances of crime and violence.