Thai Culture: The Good, Bad & Ugly About Some Thais

By Tammy, this blog humanity journalist

Thai Rath, the mass circulated neutral daily, and Matichon, the mass circulated daily for intellectuals, both ran stories yesterday as to the character of the Thai people.

Thai Rath quoted poll that said that about 50% of Thais thinks this crisis is worse than the Asian Financial Crises of years ago and that about 20% saw their salary cuts or laid off. However, Thai Rath quoted Eye On Asia that said 92% of Thais attempt to maintain an image of high class, despite their circumstances. Eye On Asia also found that 71% of Thais are happy with their current circumstances, while in Asia as a whole it is at 61%.

“These polls and research indicates, the more stress out we Thais become, the more shopping of expensive goods for our status we do, in trying to keep ourselves happy,” said Thai Rath.

Then Matichon, also on the same day, launched into a blistering attack of the Thai people as a character. Matichon listed “Client System” or acceptance of inequality, “Corruption” or the acceptance that corruption is a part of normal life, “Crony” or the patronage system, “Collusion” or a system where everyone tries to be at the top, “Complacency” or non acceptance of outside the norm behavior, “cosmetic” or the addiction to being a big shot no matter the cost, “Cynical” or the lack of direct and frank talk but objection levied in quiet protest, and “Cajolery” or the lack of search for deeper meaning but a focus on the projected picture-all of these Matichon said are Thai characters.

“A part of the reason of the failed political system, is all of us Thais,” said Matichon.

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