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Thailand’s sex industry: an open secret

It is estimated that the sex industry in Thailand is worth 6.4 billion US$ a year. According to the government, 200,000 people work as prostitutes, but numbers on prostitution are controversial as it is an underground industry. NGOs are talking about much higher figures: around 2.8 million people are thought to be involved in this… Continue reading Thailand’s sex industry: an open secret

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Thailand’s ethnic minorities: The Lahu tribe, a lesson of gender equal society

Thailand: Land of numerous ethnic groups Thailand is an ethnically mixed country: while 75% of the population is of Thai ethnicity, the rest is divided between ethnic Chinese, Malay speaking Muslims, Khmers, Soal or Kui, Karen, Indians and Pakistanis. There are also around 1 million people belonging to hill tribes and living mostly in the… Continue reading Thailand’s ethnic minorities: The Lahu tribe, a lesson of gender equal society

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The ripples of the military coup on women in Thailand

A rapid descent into dictatorship Since the 2014 military coup, Thailand has not ceased to carry on an oppressive and repressive regime and has quickly descended into a dictatorship. Three years after the coup, the all-men junta still arrests and prosecutes critics of the government, bans political activity, censors the media, stifles freedom of speech,… Continue reading The ripples of the military coup on women in Thailand

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Thailand: the LGBTIQ+ paradise?

Thailand is a country that seems rather accepting of diverse gender identities. Indeed, Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism even uses this image to promote tourism in Thailand as a paradise for the LGBTIQ+ community. Indeed this community seems to have much more visibility in Thailand, as shown by the election in 2012 of Yollada “Nok” Suanyot,… Continue reading Thailand: the LGBTIQ+ paradise?

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Women in Thai Soap Operas: a violent objectification

The usual storyline Thai soap operas are very popular in Thailand. They are called Lakorn, and their portrayal of women has recently been questioned. In lakorn, it is far from rare to witness rape scenes. In fact, these are exceptionally common, according to the Thai Ministry of Health, 80% of Lakorn feature scenes of rape… Continue reading Women in Thai Soap Operas: a violent objectification

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Thailand – Overview

The land of coups The Kingdom of Thailand (meaning Land of the Free), formerly known as Siam until 1949, is a country at the center of Southeast Asia and has a multi ethnic population of around 64 million people with over 90 percent of the population being Buddhist. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and has switched between democracy… Continue reading Thailand – Overview