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Ben10-- Waay too big here.

One thing I like about Thailand is their misinterpretation/re-purposing of Western media, language, or culture as it results in some pretty funny situations. Gruff-looking men drive Hello Kitty mopeds covered in Ben-10 stickers (I’ll write a post about insatiable sticker appetite some other day). Innocent looking young women wear tshirts with racy and suggestive invites, offensive slang, or plain silly English phrases on them without a hint of knowing what they mean—either they’re amazing deadpan comedians, or they just buy tshirts based on color and design (not to mention the companies that produce these shirts lack any sort of quality-control/editorial process). Heavy metal shirts abound, often on people who don’t really look like they might partake. A few days ago, a secretary in a school’s office was dressed extremely well, except for her shawl, which was covered in skulls.

I appreciate how Thais take what they like and use it how they see fit, no matter how quirky it might seem to me, I’m sure it’s commonplace for them. Music is another example of this sort of repurposing.

lady-gaga1ben10     Ben10-- Waay too big here.  One thing I like about Thailand is their misinterpretation/re-purposing of Western media, language, or culture as it results in some pretty funny situations. Gruff-looking men drive Hello Kitty mopeds covered in Ben-10 stickers (I'll write a post about insatiable sticker appetite some other day). Innocent looking young women wear tshirts with racy and suggestive invites, offensive slang, or plain silly English phrases on them without a hint of knowing what they mean—either they're amazing deadpan comedians, or they just buy tshirts based on color and design (not to mention the companies that produce these shirts lack any sort of quality-control/editorial process). Heavy metal shirts abound, often on people who don't really look like they might partake. A few days ago, a secretary in a school's office was dressed extremely well, except for her shawl, which was covered in skulls.  I appreciate how Thais take what they like and use it how they see fit, no matter how quirky it might seem to me, I'm sure it's commonplace for them. Music is another example of this sort of repurposing.  A few days ago, around the time of the morning when you realize this could very well become one of the hottest days on record, there was an all school assembly (Ks-High-schoolers) in one of my school's courtyards. After all-school public caning of a few naughty teenage boys at the hands of a pretty attractive high-heeled teacher and the National Anthem/traditional drumming, the tone of the meeting changed dramatically: all-school warm-up aerobics to the tunes of Beyonce (sorry, Sasha Fierce) and Lady Gaga ("Irreplaceable,"Disco Stick", "Poker face", etc).  I'm talking, teachers, principals, 5 year-olds, and teenagers. It was amazing to see an entire school shake it out in a coordinated dance routine to raunchy club music. Thais seem to love singing and dancing, have less shame than a typical westerner in this regard, and don't really understand how lewd they are.

Lady Gaga -- perhaps inappropriate for every age group.

A few days ago, around the time of the morning when you realize this could very well become one of the hottest days on record, there was an all school assembly (Ks-High-schoolers) in one of my school’s courtyards. After all-school public caning of a few naughty teenage boys at the hands of a pretty attractive high-heeled teacher and the National Anthem/traditional drumming, the tone of the meeting changed dramatically: all-school warm-up aerobics to the tunes of Beyonce (sorry, Sasha Fierce) and Lady Gaga (“Irreplaceable,”Disco Stick”, “Poker face”, etc). I’m talking, teachers, principals, 5 year-olds, and teenagers. It was amazing to see an entire school shake it out in a coordinated dance routine to raunchy club music. Thais seem to love singing and dancing, have less shame than a typical westerner in this regard, and don’t really understand how lewd they are.

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