Every society has its stereotypes, but one that values class structure and hierarchy arguably has more than others. In Thailand, there are plenty of labels to go around — you’ll probably fit in to one or more.
From dirty old pervs and nagging old bags to make-up crazed airheads and screaming ladyboys with closely cropped hair in school uniforms, just about anyone can be dismissed as fitting into one box or another without even getting to know them first. And those who do try to get to know people, well, they’re just scumbag farang who sit and drink beer with motorsai drivers in order to get to know the real Thailand.
So, don’t feel bad about feeling that itch to gossip about someone that you saw in the street and gave a nickname to that you and your friends will laugh about for a week. Millions of others are doing the same thing.
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