Political coups and pedophilia fugitives aside, I told the interviewer, if you judge Thailand only by its beaches, luxury hotels and shimmering new billion Bangkok airport (makes Washington's Dulles International look almost third world), Thailand is a jewel of Asia.Outside looking in, it should be top drawer and first world.A persuasive team of diplomats -- plus Father Joe -- arrived at a summit in Washington's Reagan Building with Thailand's hat in hand.
Recalling Confucius' ancient advice ("To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right") I told the firm that Thailand needs to change itself before it can change its image. Policymakers must erase a caricature born of a decades-long, government-encouraged sex industry. "I think that's important." The suits of Wall Street and K Street may well get happy endings at massage parlors and brothels foreign and domestic (there are enough red lights in New York and Washington to string the White House Christmas tree), but sex workers and pimps don't chair the corporate boards. Thailand had included him in a quartet of speakers sent to Washington to lobby corporate America for disaster relief. So on tourism, we really have to think about that." He paused before concluding.
Before the world can ever take Thailand seriously, it must first take itself seriously. Five months earlier the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami had washed away swaths of Thai coastline and, with it, a chunk of tourism. We don't want a tourism where people come and buy our children. "That is just (my) opinion." Mine, too -- for what it's worth.
How is Thailand viewed by foreigners and how much polish is needed to make it shine world class?
Having written a book on Bangkok's famous slum priest, a cursing, blunt American Catholic known as Khun Phaw Joe ("Mister Father Joe"), my opinion apparently warranted a phone call and a modest honorarium.
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.
The firm had phoned to interview me two months before Carradine's death.
A representative explained that Thailand's policymakers wanted an assessment of the country's global image.
The modern sex worker has work tools apart from makeup and condoms, said Chantawipa, who founded Empower in 1985 to safeguard their rights. Rather than greedy pimps, their support network is centred on a trusted tuk-tuk driver or the local motorcycle-taxi guy who takes them around and protects them.
These people have designated workplaces – restaurants, massage parlours, go-go bars, beer bars or karaoke clubs.
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