Update : 2019년 05월 23일

- Takemasu, Making C...
- Issues with Policy...
- Social Security fo...
- Patrick Harlan (TV...
- Sony’s Revival
- Will India Manage ...
- How Japan Should R...
- 3 Simple Steps to ...
- Can the Japanese L...

일본어로 수학 가르치는 일원 상록 학습관

hold on Korea Society


국제 금융 浦沙短筆
풍경, 2019년 4월
히로미의 사설보기
동일본 대지진 발생 7년 경과...
速 종합 격투기 통신
UFC 챔피언 생피에르, 최고...
게일 킴 핫라인
Overview of and ...
Here's What Happened
재일교포 그리고 일본
재일교포 이야기
Bold English
Go by the book
공격수 아데바요르, 레알 완전...
Asia Pacific Yard
"Night Schools" ...
일본인에게 영어를
일본 산의 매력
어느 바텐더의 날들
한지붕 두나라
일본을 떠날 때까지
평범녀의 빌린 인생
무라카미 류
민주주의 상징 김대중
70년 대선, 박정희와의 한판...
각양각색 동북아 소식
일본항공, 아메리칸 에어라인과...
Movie Craze
(Old) Sex and th...
The 힐링여행 SOUM숨
Black sauced noo...
자전거 일본 여행기
무소의 뿔처럼 혼자서 가라!

세계가 보는 일본

flag counters

태국 방콕에 사상 첫 일본 고...
러시아 내 최초 일본 물품 전...
[칼럼] 호리천리(毫釐千里)
지자체, 외국인 안전위한 재난...
헬로키티 신칸센, 하카타-신오...
외국인 관광객, 품목 구분없이...
일본 가정 내 결정권, 아내의...
스즈키, 고급차 위주 중국 자...
에어비앤비 민박업, 일본에서 ...
외국인 인력의 5년 체류 허용...

Movie Craze NJSave up to 70% on your next stay with Hotelclub.com
Thai Hookers! [ 2007.04.26 ]

The other day, by chance, I decided to watch up a Danish dark comedy, “Blinkende Lygter” (“Flickering Lights" in English). I was bored and in a mood for something that could make me laugh.

It was a story of four dysfunctional gangsters who escaped a crime scene with a large sum of money, hoping to start a new life somewhere far away. Fate had it that they ended up in the middle of nowhere, where they somehow they managed to open a restaurant.

As the story progressed, more information on the backgrounds of the four men was revealed, showing how their pasts dictated their present circumstances, with a certain inevitability. It was wickedly funny! I was even tempted to immediately watch it again, though the lateness of the hour stopped me.

The only thing that I resented in the film was a mention of a 'Thai hooker'. This was not the first time I had heard something like this in a Western movie. Years ago, while watching "The Usual Suspects" for the third time...I suddenly realized that one of the cops referred to an injured man in hospital as babbling like a 'Thai hooker'. That came as a shock. I liked that movie a little less since then. I just couldn't help being upset.

How convenient! When people want to find an adjective to describe a hooker, they automatically put the word Thai in front of it. When people want to refer to Thai women, they call them hookers. How so very kind of the international community!

It reminded me of how a friend used to joke around with me about how prostitution in Thailand should be supported because it brought lots of money into the country. Another friend commented that Thai people are hypocrites because we present ourselves as the land of Buddhism but, at the same time, the sex trade is evident everywhere. I know we are world (in)famous in this respect, and there is a segment of the Thai population who actually are proponents of prostitution, but give me a break people! It’s just basic economics--no demand, no supply! If Thailand is bad because we have prostitutes then what about those tourists from other countries who spend their big fat money to keep the industry going?

I used to get very embarrassed when discussing this subject with people. When the World Wide Web started to take off, I explored many chat rooms and practiced my English by talking to strangers. One time, I met a German online (he may have been drunk – there’s no way to tell this online!) and proceeded to have a very heated (and, in his case, extremely profane) discussion of the problem of child prostitution in Thailand. I finally told the guy that I wasn’t Thai. Of course, I felt SO stupid afterward for lying. I was ashamed of myself for not being able to stand up for my country.

After that I thought to myself that I should start to make a difference. Every time the issue came up in the conversations among friends and acquaintances, I tried to explain about the situation, talked about other good things we had to offer and emphasized that the majority of our people do not support the sex industry. Still, it seemed that there were too many ignorant and narrow-minded people left in this world, such as a friend of a friend who recently declared that she would never visit a dirty country like Thailand because Thai people support child prostitution.

So after getting tired of talking, I then simply turned really mad at people who made such comments. I usually got unreasonably defensive about this issue. Many times, I came very close to ending some friendships! After a while, I realized that there was no point being mad. It only hurt my head. People have the right to think or say whatever they please. If people want to stay ignorant then let them be. Now I just laugh it off and try to forget about it. Those who don’t want to visit Thailand, eat Thai food or use Thai products will never know what they miss!

Seriously, I think that people are just jealous that we have the most beautiful women and (young boys) in the world!

Wallapak Polasub (PhD), Professor: Dept. of Economics at Kasetsart University

< Copyrights (C) NewsJapan.org / Online Newspaper Specializing in Japan >

Facebook Share / 페이스북 공유
To E-mail / 기사 메일송신 | To Print Out / 기사 출력

  • Unexpectedly Surprisingly The Most Popular News >>   의외로 가장 많이 읽혀진 뉴스
“Ask a Pediatrician” baby workshop
木育(mokuiku) Nature it is
Tokyo Sky Tree opens
To deal with adversity, Japanese companies...
"Night Schools" in the Affected Area Start...
Save pets in Fukushima
All Nuke Reactors Shut Down
Dance course becomes compulsory curriculum...
Enjoy Exciting PiFan with Ha Seon Park, th...
전설의 프로레슬러, 스팅(Sting) 단독 인터뷰
최경량 월드챔프, 레이 미스테리오 단독 인터뷰
NO.1 아나운서 후나키, 타지리 일본행 만족
WWE 차세대 기대주, 바비 레슐리 단독 인터뷰
프로레슬링 디바, 크리스탈 단독 인터뷰
일본 대학생, '아이팟으로 출첵!'
후속탐사기 개발착수, 생명의 기원 규명 다가서
미 코니스, 10GB 초소형 하드디스크 개발
토미오카 공장의 세계문화유산 등재, 내수 활성화로
한국인은 사람, 일본인은 도깨비... 빨간 도깨비
비밀번호 * 삭제시 필요합니다.(4~6자이내)
타인의 명예를 훼손하거나 개인정보를 유출하는 등 법률에 위반되는 글은 삼가하여 주시기 바랍니다. 게시물에 대한 민형사상의 법적인 책임은 게시자에게 있으며 운영자에 의해 삭제되거나 관련 법률에 따라 처벌 받을 수 있습니다.
글쓰기전 최종체크
주간 베스트 뉴스

exclusive image

뉴스재팬 소개 / About Us  |   광고 제휴 / Advertisements  |   만드는 사람들 / Staffs  |   By Other Presses                                                                              시작페이지로  |   즐겨찾기로

NPO 法人 |   Incorporated Non Profit Org. Answer Asia / 비영리기구 앤서아시아 (아시아의 평화와 우호를 생각하는 모임)
Main Spot |   アンサ一アジア ヘッドオフィス is located at Takajukacho Hirakata Osaka Japan
K Spot |   Alternative School is at #126 F1 Sangroksu Apt Mall Ilwonbondong Gangnamgu Seoul Korea
T Spot |   PR Place is at Soi Vuthiphan Rachaprarop Rd. Rajathevee Bangkok Thailand
Contact |   E-mail : newsjapanet@gmail.com | Need a phone number? Email first | Very active from the year of 2005
          Copyright ⓒ 2004 ~ 2018 NewsJapan.net. All rights reserved. Contact newsjapanet@gmail.com for more information. admin