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Raunchy ‘Itchy Ear’ song exposes Thai sexual hypocrisy

Raunchy ‘Itchy Ear’ song exposes Thai sexual hypocrisy

By Fri, Sep 30, 2011 8:30AM UTC Comments Off Raunchy ‘Itchy Ear’ song exposes Thai sexual hypocrisy

By Saksith Saiyasombut A music video with suggestive lyrics, the singer’s even more suggestive stage performance, and her moral scolding on national TV is the latest episode of yet another Thai sexual hypocrisy.  Yet again, the outcry  comes from those who claim to protect anything ‘Thai’ and lash out against everything that is allegedly not,...

How to raise your Thai child culturally correct

By Wed, Sep 21, 2011 10:00AM UTC 3 Comments

By Saksith Saiyasombut A recent survey has found that the Thai youth is increasingly abusing drugs, cigarettes and alcohol as early as about 15 (although one Thai news outlet has horrendously ‘misinterpreted’ the numbers). The pollsters have cited “studying difficulties, family issues and financial problems” as causes for young people to turn to narcotics and...

Thailand’s cultural heralds to crack down… on planking?!

By Tue, Jun 21, 2011 6:10PM UTC Comments Off

By Saksith Saiyasombut Thailand’s National Knee-Jerk Outrage Machine (“กลไกสร้างปฏิกิริยาอย่างไร้ความยั้งคิดแห่งประเทศไทย”*), also known as the self-proclaimed cultural heralds of everything ‘Thainess’, have struck again! After clamping down on farang chefs, topless Songkran dancers, religious tattoos on infidel skin, they are now targeting another absolutely inappropriate, un-Thai abomination: planking!!! Yes, the craze, where everyone lies face down in the most...

Thai Culture Minister’s anti-religious-tattoo-on-foreigners-gate redux

By Fri, Jun 03, 2011 11:00AM UTC 11 Comments A man showing his back tattooed with ancient scripts at Wat Bang Phra Temple in Nakhon Chaisri, Thailand. The sacred, Buddhist movties are said to grant supernatural powers to it's bearers. (Image by Flickr user "kPluto", licsenced under CC)

By Saksith Saiyasombut Yesterday’s post on the Thai Ministry of Culture’s declaration of intent to stop foreign tourists from getting religious tattoos has created quite a buzz around the net. No wonder, since this is a) a story affecting a lot of tourists, and b) quite honestly yet another stupid idea by the self-proclaimed heralds...

Thai Culture Ministry to crack down on religious tattoos on foreign skin

By Tue, May 31, 2011 11:26PM UTC Comments Off Thai Culture Ministry to crack down on religious tattoos on foreign skin

By Saksith Saiyasombut Tattoos have a very special place in Thailand. They’re more than just permanent fashion statements, not unlike amulets they are regarded as spiritual guardians. Tattoos with religious or spiritual motives, called Yantra tattoos, are yet another sign that Thais take their beliefs skin-deep. Philip Cornwel-Smith dedicated a whole chapter in his excellent book “Very Thai”...

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