How is Thailand viewed by foreigners and how much polish is needed to make it shine world class?
The warehouse-sized massage parlors and strip clubs that tourists support are only a fraction of Thailand's overall sex industry.
In alleyways, mom-and-pop salons and long-haul truck parking lots, the locals also contribute to the nation's economy. we must, must, must talk about real tourism and not cheap tourism.
It's why Khun Phaw Joe has built two free AIDS hospices; one for the mothers, another for the children infected in utero. meetings, like those for the Group of Eight (United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom), it needs to stop marketing its women and children. Develop family attractions instead of sexual seductions. Not the tourism that doesn't cost very much economically.
Not much had changed when I returned in 2005 to begin research on my book about Khun Phaw Joe (the Rev. Ditto for when the consulting firm phoned this spring. Khun Phaw Joe, the aforementioned blunt-talking priest, told Thailand the same in 2005. Because it doesn't cost much for the tourists, but it costs a tremendous amount for us and our children.
Being a sex worker these days isn’t what it used to be, at least for those whose rights are backed up by the Empower Foundation.
Much has improved – no more pimps or mamasans, and fewer punches thrown their way.
But even the farang (foreigner) who only sees Thailand dressed in its Sunday best knows the dirt that's underneath.
Carradine may have died in a closet but Thailand has no skeletons. When I first traveled to Thailand in 2000 as a wire correspondent, the State Department described Bangkok as a hub of sex trafficking; both importer and exporter of the flesh trade.
Considering sexuality as embedded in a complex social and political world structured and saturated by gender, race, and class relations, these scholars challenge the categories with which sex and gender have been named and studied.
They examine these sites of desire through specific historic and cultural circumstances, from the first explorations of Europeans, through colonial power, to the contemporary issues of sexual tourism, prostitution, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Discussions of sexuality in Asia and the Pacific have long been tinged with conceptions of the exotic Orient.