Mye av det man leser kan nok være med på å gi en bedre forståelse av landet og hvorfor vi i lang tid fremover fortsatt vil se store forskjeller på hvilke muligheter folk har.
Selv har jeg ved flere anledninger diskutert ulike emner med thai venner og alle er samstemte om en ting; skal Thailand utvikles i en mer positiv og reell demokratisk retning så trenges reformer og store forbedringer innen utdanning. Denne artikkelen viser det er en lang vei å gå!
When education supports rape culture
School rapes in Thailand happen so frequently they no longer shock. But not this one. Not when underage schoolgirls were repeatedly gang-raped by their teachers. Not when other teachers callously defended the rapists and paedophiles as "good teachers and family men", dismissing the heinous crime as consensual sex and blaming the victims as "bad girls".
Here are some of their posts on social media: "People make mistakes. As their friends in the same teaching profession, we want to ask those who call them rapists if they know the girls were willing partners.
"These teachers are just men. They have sexual desires. If you are afraid of rape, teach your children at home. Don't send your kids to school.
For starters, the ultranationalistic textbook history brainwashes generation after generation of students to believe that the country belongs only to the Thai race.
This is false. In fact, what is now Thailand has long been a crossroads of cultures and home of different ethnicities before the Thai-speaking people from southern China migrated into the peninsular.
The adverse impacts of the false superiority of "Thainess" imposed by Bangkok are manifold.
Not only are local cultural identities bulldozed, but political centralisation based on authoritarianism also enables the central Thai government to destroy the environment and sources of livelihood nationwide with no regards of their way of life.