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Social media gushes with pain and paeans

Published October 22, 2016 by SoClaimon

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October 15, 2016 01:00
By Kornchanok Raksaseri
Special to The Nation

Prawit, Joshua Wong share spotlight online

Published October 17, 2016 by SoClaimon

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It has been a hot and depressing week for social media users in Thailand.

The Bt21-million cost of a chartered flight to take Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and his entourage to a security conference in Hawaii is still the talk of the town. The controversy began when former reporter Whee Mati found a document on the Government House website that detailed costs for the trip and posted it online. The high figure raised eyebrows, as well as questions and comparisons to flights abroad taken by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and former premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

The temperature rose mid-week when Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was barred from entering the country. Thanks to Skype, though, he was able to address an audience gathered at Chulalongkorn University to mark the 40th anniversary of the Thammasat student massacre on October 6, 1976. The anniversary brought more calls for justice for the murdered victims, since no perpetrator has ever been prosecuted.

The online atmosphere quickly regressed to the divisiveness we saw prior to the 2014 coup, as polarised sides hurled criticism and insults at each other.

Here’s a sampling of what was said.

“Dear Whistleblowers, if you hate cheating and corruption, you have to condemn and examine all similar cases without bias,” wrote Drama-addict.

Viriya Satien suggested Thailand follow China’s example in dealing with graft and said the premier should prove his determination to promote transparency, starting with the people close to him. Others warned against “assuming” that the Bt21-million government flight constituted corruption.

Once the passenger list was leaked online, observers noticed it included the names of his close friends, including a TV journalist, prompting the journalist to insist on Facebook that she remained in Thailand and even appeared on TV live on Friday.

The Yud Dudcharit [Stop Mincing] Thailand Facebook page on which the passenger list was published now faces possible legal action by Thai Airways International.

Prawit’s trip was from Thursday to Sunday.

User @lokklom complained that having officials attend a two-day conference wasn’t worth the high cost of the chartered flight. The price “sounds a lot more reasonable if they’d gone to Europe for 8-9 days like Yingluck did”.

Critics posted pictures suggesting that Prawit was “rewarding” his friends with a jaunt to Hawaii, but his defenders pointed out that the pictures showed other Asian defence ministers who attended the conference.

The news about Joshua Wong on Wednesday was initially confusing, as to whether he’d actually arrived in Thailand, was detained, deported, or whether his deportation was a response to a request from Beijing.

Decharut Sukkumnoed wrote, “I never thought Thailand would become this barbaric. He only came to deliver a speech but was deported. When did we lose out sovereignty?”

Jirayudh Sinthuphan: “Last time they would not allow the Dalai Lama in the country. Understandable. This time it’s just a student. Perhaps they know a student can do more than political leaders.”

Wannasingh Prasertkul: “It’s all around the world now, such great PR. This confirms why we have to talk about October 6 every year.”

Social media wades into Khon video controversy

Published September 28, 2016 by SoClaimon

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The Culture Ministry’s decision to red-flag a music video “Tiew Thai Me Hey” that promotes Thai tourism via Khon characters has drawn even more attention to the controversy.

The ministry said scenes showing the Ramakien epic character Thotsakan (Ravana) on horseback, a jet ski, a go-kart, and a tuk-tuk as well as the scenes showing the imaginary king of giants cooking Thai sweetmeat were inappropriate.

Tachaya Pathumwan, one of the singers who sang the song, posted a picture of his mirror reflection with a tape over his mouth and a caption that read, “Saliva and sweat are both liquid, but they are released through different processes.”

In just a few days, the petition at against the complaint gained over 64,000 names in support.

Many social media users shared a drawing showing the back of a sad-looking Thotsakan with a message reading, “I can’t do this. I can’t do that. I can’t even cook sweetmeat … Oh, please! I am grown up already.” Some shared the picture of frozen-food box labelled “Frozen culture”, and called on friends to sign the petition.

To promote the character as popular culture, Drama-Addict Page organised a competition on Thotsakan fan art. Prizes up for grabs are Bt25,000, Bt15,000, Bt10,000 cash and Thotsakan figure toys. The competition ends on September 30.

Not surprisingly, debates on whether the music video was appropriate have flooded the timeline.

Nitipat Bhandhumachinda wrote: “When our favourite people [celebrities] or characters come to shop, cook, ride bicycle or do ordinary things, people feel love and connection and feel they are close to us. Our love, respect and faith in them never recede because of that.”

Songwriter and musician Nitipong Honark posted, “Hey, let’s help. Don’t be too conservative. Help Thai children enjoy Khon and the good things of Thailand. Thai children know Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs more than Nang Sibsong [Thai folklore Twelve Ladies].”

Pipope Panitchpakdi wrote, “The conservation of performance norms is extremely important, like staying true to Shakespeare’s words or Mozart’s notes… But for this MV [music video], we should look at it as borrowing representation to stimulate the domestic economy. It has no significant impact on development or destruction of the art of Khon.”

Jessada Jezzy Sarapun shared comments by drama director Yutthana ‘Pa Jaew’ Lophanphaibunthat: “Making Classics pop culture is not wrong. But something misplaced was the design and production of the MV. Without good taste they can make the integrated Classics not as beautiful as it should have been.”

Khao Mai Ha Namta Kor Led posted pictures with the caption, “Hanuman cannot take a tour in Thailand, but he can be a presenter to promote the national referendum.”

However, AP Photomusic earlier this week coincidentally posted a series of pictures featuring Khon monkey character Hanuman at prominent places in Lop Buri, a province known a monkey habitat. The pictures attracted more than 5,000 “Likes” in a few days. At the same time, some people shared a YouTube clip of a Thai film produced 22 years ago featuring Hanuman and Ultraman. The film was also selected by the Culture Ministry to be conserved in 2012.

On Twitter, @markpeak posted about Japan’s Anime Tourism 88 website and strategies that use cartoon characters to promote places including train stations and shrines for tourists.

@penguin997 wrote: “They rebuke if we turn to foreign [cultural items]. But when some people try to make Thai culture interesting, they say it’s wrong. What do you expect me to do, wait and see our country’s failure?”

@jurairat23 wrote: “What are the authorities thinking? They ban the MV featuring giants that invite people to travel, but they don’t ban obscene MVs.”

@SaraUpdate wrote: “The [Culture] Ministry’s move to protect precious literature characters from too many adaptations is right and they should not be blamed.”

Educational hazards in the spotlight

Published September 28, 2016 by SoClaimon

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The focus this week on social media revolved around Thailand’s education system, institutions and personnel. Thai online users have been discussing good and bad hazing activities, the behaviour of brutal teachers, and the accusations of plagiarism plaguing a university’s architectural design team.

The case of Chokchai Thongnuakhao, an international maritime student at Kasetsart University, who is in a serious condition after he almost drowned in an on-campus activity, once again sparked a debate on hazing activities for freshmen. The faculty’s dean clarified that it was not a hazing activity and the student had voluntarily gone into the waste water pond and the water in the pond had not been treated.

Weerachai Phutdhawong wrote: “No matter how you twist the words, it was a hazing activity. Please come out and bravely accept it. It has already happened. We have to be responsible for the student’s sickness from the activity that landed him in the pond. No need to argue what the pond was.”

Warat Karuchit wrote: “Besides the campaign against violent hazing activities, parents and educational institutions should build immunity for students so that they are brave enough to refuse any violent or immoral order, or other violation, and know how to avoid any dangerous situation.”

Ed Woranat, a student of the same school as Chokchai, posted a group picture of students and wrote: “Please consume news carefully. Don’t let my school be a scapegoat. Here [this school] it is not for the weak.” His comments invited a lot of backlash.

As violence and death from hazing activities have been making news headlines every year, @Thai_Talk wrote on Twitter: “What do you think will happen to Thai universities first: rank in the top 100 world universities, revoke all hazing activities or revoke student uniforms?”

However, many social-media users shared pictures of creative freshmen welcoming their activities. Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok Uthen Thawai Campus’ students cleaned and repainted traffic signs around Siam Square near their campus.

Jeerapong Prasertpolkrung shared a video clip of Chandrakasem Rajabhat University students cleaning a canal. Thailand School Cute Girl & Cool Boy posted a picture of Chiang Mai University’s hazing tradition “Rub Nong Kheun Doi” [Welcoming the Freshmen up to the Mountain]. The university’s students marched from the campus to Phra That Doi Suthep Temple.

History of Thai Commoners shared an article explaining hazing activities as a heritage from the colonial age. Fagging system was introduced and developed to be SOTUS (seniority, order, tradition, unity and spirit) in Chulalongkorn University, the school originally for civil servants. SOTUS was later mixed with harsher systems developed in other Thai universities some of whose pioneer lecturers passed on the traditions of agricultural school University of the Philippines Los Banos or Cornell University. However, many universities cancelled the hazing traditions before some were revived after the popular uprising of October 14, 1973 led by university students.

Another viral was started when Facebook user Zaii Naruedee posted that her face had become disfigured after a physical education teacher threw a coffee mug at her, as she and her friends refused to sit when ordered. Her nerve was damaged, disfiguring the left side of her face. The school director told the media that the teacher had not intended to throw the mug at the student but it bounced and hit her.

The case was a reminder of many other cases of violence in schools exposed over the past few years.

Tawin_saentrong wrote, “Teachers do not have any right to throw any mug [at students] whether the student was hiding from sunlight or playing on her mobile phone. There are many other ways to correct them, but throwing a cup is definitely not one of them.”

The game “Please describe [something] without saying its name” was popular. Some people changed it to: “Please describe the worst thing a teacher has done without revealing his name.”

Viriya Satien answered: “Throwing a mug on a student’s face.”

Another issue that invited heavy discussions online began when Friends of the River posted pictures asking whether the architectural design for the new Bangkok Museum’s river landmark, widely called “Viman Phra In” (The Heavenly Castle of Indra), was just a copy of the Crystal Island project in Moscow.

Architect Duangrit Bunnag posted that a free model was available at 3dwarehouse of Many social-media users even used computer programs and free model available at the website to design their own version of the river landmark and compared how similar theirs was to Viman Phra In.

The design team from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang denied plagiarising but later agreed to withdraw their proposed design. Khaohomnattha wrote: “Could you please stop naming KMITL? It was only a few people responsible for the bad work but they gave a bad name to my institution. Use their names instead.”

Social media shows the wrath its capable of

Published September 27, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Social media has already eliminated barriers for personal information and taking personal action in the public arena. This was once again demonstrated from the online drama involving a budget carrier.

An AirAsia passenger forced the plane’s cabin staff to prostrate before her autistic daughter, took a photo of the whole scene and then posted it on social media. The whole situation seems to have angered the airline crew.

Reactions from social media and online communities drew lot of public interest to this personal ‘post’ on social media. This brought a lot of comments against the action of the passenger and crew’s head. The controversy led to a debate that the policy “customer is god” or “customer is the first priority” is not always true or good.

The whole situation began when the passenger complained that the crew had insulted her autistic daughter, and demanded that the staff prostrate before her daughter to make amends. This became a case of violation of the crew’s human rights as well.

The online community reacted strongly to this outrage. As their curiosity went out of bounds and they started investigating information, the passenger closed her Facebook account.

Not only the passenger, even the head of the airline crew was condemned by the public for forcing their crew to prostrate before the passenger’s daughter without any investigation.

A lawyer Kerdphol Kaewkerd posted on his Facebook that to force someone to prostrate before a customer is against the law. He used the hashtag ‘customer is not god’.

Here is some feedback on this drama:

@Thai_Talk: Hope the learning includes no one should have to prostrate before anyone for real or perceived slights. It’s 2016.

@Ryn_writes: Thai AirAsia dramatic case. Mostly translated based on @i5PAAN summaries. #Passengerfromhell. AirAsia Thailand massively fails in dealing with human rights abuse issue that one of their staff faced.

The extent to which the situation ballooned out of control is evident from the fact that the airline’s chief executive officer flew down to Thailand to address the issue.

CEO of AirAsia Tony Fernandes posted on his Twitter account [@tonyfernandes] that ‘Thai staff all had good intentions. Our crew did nothing wrong and we stand by her and she gets my full support. We need to improve and learn.’

Fernandes planed to fly to Hat Yai to meet the crew’s parent to extend his apology but they refused to meet the CEO.

Meanwhile, many people on social media recently launched a campaign on, seeking the withdrawal of AirAsia Airlines from being nominated “The World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines”, arguing there were concerns about security and human rights abuse of one of its employees. This campaign aims to have 39,500 names, which is 100 times the number of reviews of AIrAsia on SKYTRAX website,

This case is an example of people using social media to strongly make their case in favour of a victim or to attack the perpetrator.

For a company, this case is an example of the dangers its image could face and how it should handle a crisis in the social media era. Today, social media has empowered every single individual to serve as a media and inform the public.


Is ‘Nam Jai’ more than just a word in Thailand?

Published September 27, 2016 by SoClaimon

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In nine days, a video post by OHPA TV on Facebook was shared 140,000 times, attracting 76,500 Likes and 4.4 million views. Its caption says, “When the whole world call us ‘Thai ja’ [so Thai]”.

The clip starts with these messages: “Thailand is not a developing country. But it has been ‘the most developed it can be and it is still like this’, as it will be in the next 20 years. The problem is Thai’s conscience and just the phrase, ‘Everybody does this’.”

The video shows a lot of disagreeable behaviour: cars parked on footpaths, motorcycles ridden on footpaths or stopped at crosswalks, vehicles hitting people as they walk at a crosswalk, cars speeding through yellow traffic lights and motorcycle drivers riding in the middle of the road instead of in the left lane.

“Can’t you wait for the green light? Are you rushing to die? You drove against the direction of traffic, that’s wrong, and how come you used high-beam lights to chase others who come in the right lane?” the clip asks.

“Are we ignoring this behaviour? We believe that your conscience is there but you just ignored it. No need to wait for other people to remind you. Use your conscience and think about it,” the clip says. The video clip ends with pedestrians who gathered as a group on a footpath to block a motorcycle and successfully force it to go back on the street.

“OHPA” means “Is it OK?”, and the Facebook page aims at addressing problems for change. A lot of online users have shown that they agreed and commented harshly on the behaviour mentioned in the clip.

Another popular post this week gained a similar reaction as OHPA TV’s. It came from blogger CookieCoffee Mobile Backpacker.

He conveyed a message he overheard as two foreigners were talking in a fast food restaurant in Bangkok.

“The basic behaviour of people in my country is disciplined, but the basic behaviour of Thais is selfishness,” one of the two said.

“Thais will be selfish every time that they can, parking on footpaths, in bike lanes, they even make a U-turn and suddenly park the car,” he said.

He used to think the word “nam jai”, which means kindness or thoughtfulness, to describe the decency of Thai people but said he knew nowadays it opened the way for selfishness, the writer wrote.

“If you don’t allow anyone to cut the queue in a restaurant = You lack nam jai.”

“If you don’t allow a driver to stop a car on the left lane to buy some goods = You lack nam jai.”

“If you don’t give way to motorcyclists riding on the footpath = You lack nam jai.”

“A foreigner said ‘nam jai’ was among the first words he learned when arriving in this country but now it is a ‘disgusting word’,” the blogger wrote, adding that “Why should we offer ‘nam jai’ for selfish people?”

Sasinut Limchaijareon wrote: “I admit that I am not fully disciplined while driving. I will change so that Thailand can be better.”

Rangsiman Thianhirun commented: “I disagree. Some Thais love to please Westerners and let them rebuke us despite many good things in Thailand where a lot of foreigners try to move to.”

Utain Shartpinyo shared and wrote: “What do we think about this article? Is it true? What should we do? Or just ignore it?”

Social media surges as flooding hits capital

Published September 27, 2016 by SoClaimon

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EARLY on Thursday, social media was inundated with disaster scenarios after torrential rains hit Bangkok overnight.

Among the most shared photos on social media were those that showed students rowing a boat to school, while others wearing swimming suits pretended to dive into floodwaters.

Those photos, taken at Rajvinit Bangkaew School, were among many depictions of flooding throughout Bangkok that featured prominently on social media, with the terrible traffic also a common theme.

But soon after the deluge, social media outlets were swamped by the news that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, as chief of the National Council for Peace and Order, had invoked his powers under the post-coup interim charter’s Article 44 to suspend Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra from duty effective immediately.

The governor was at Hong Kong International Airport waiting for a flight to South Korea when news broke about Prayut‘s order, according to a BMA source.

He was going to Seoul to attend an event to celebrate ties between Bangkok and the South Korean capital.

Many media outlets outlined the “failures” during Sukhumbhand’s time as Bangkok’s governor, drawing comments from across the spectrum of Thai social media.

At the weekend, social media outlets were again awash with similar sentiments about the flooding caused by the heavy rains. Flooding at the Prachaniwet 2 Housing Estate in Nonthaburi province featured prominently.

Earlier in the week, social media outlets were dominated by photos and reports about high-rise buildings in Bangkok that were rocked by the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that hit central Myanmar.

There were also photographs of pagodas in central Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan, which was badly damaged by the earthquake.

There were also photos and reports about the 6-magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy.

Earlier in the week, social media highlights were the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics and a meme about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe morphing into the popular video game character Super Mario.


Much ado about the meaning of ‘Thaksin Group’

Published August 25, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Somchai Saejew wrote Arthit [the sun] = [actor] Sunny

Somchai Saejew wrote Arthit [the sun] = [actor] Sunny”.

It’s no secret that the name Thaksin has in Thai a Sanskrit root stemming from the word dakshin, which means south.

It’s no secret that the name Thaksin has in Thai a Sanskrit root stemming from the word dakshin, which means south.

The hashtag #ThaksinIsTheSouth became the No 1 tweeted topic in Thailand on Thursday and became a popular topic for Thai Tweeples to make fun of.

This occurred after Rangsit University president Arthit Ourairat posted on Facebook that he was not referring to a particular person when he wrote “Thaksin Group” in reference to an analysis on who was behind the bombing and arson attacks in the South last week.

Arthit wrote: “We cannot analyse or criticise directly in this country. We must dance around the subject. [Having a] conscience does make cowards of us all. I re-read the valuable analysis that a respected person had sent me [which was posted on Facebook]. No one’s name was mention and no one was accused.

“People must have misunderstood. There was Thaksin Group. It meant the Southern group [of people], just like the Isan [Northeast] Group, the Udon [Northern] Group, the Burapha [Eastern] Group, the Payap [northwestern] Group. Why does [having a] conscience make cowards of us all?.”

On Wednesday, former Pheu Thai MP and lawyer Khattiya Sawatdiphol filed a Computer Crime lawsuit against Arthit on behalf of her client, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Twitter users responded to Arthit’s post.

@Loog_zo wrote: “It’s the wit of a person in the university president’s class. The fools are unlikely to get it.”

@kitschmepls wrote: “A: I’m hungry but don’t know what to eat. B: Do you care for Thaksin food? I like veggies. C: No, I don’t like Thaksin [Southern] curries. They are too spicy. I prefer Udon [Northern] food.”

@Fauvismm: ’Suthep Thaug [Thaugsuban] is also in the Thaksin Group. #ThaksinIsTheSouth”

Others were more serious. @ellathauz wrote: “Thaksin is the South. Oh, I’ve just seen this. So ridiculous. Group after group were blamed. The real [people behind the bombings] must be laughing. We can’t find courage or responsibility in anyone.”

@Lord_Notto: “South insurgents are South insurgents. The group from the South is the group from the South. Why would anyone call the group Thaksin insurgents?”

@ccjames7: “If Thaksin means the South, then what is the Thaksin Group? How many groups are there in total? What are they called?”

On Facebook, there was less interest in the controversy. Facebook users cared more about the sad plight of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old Syrian boy pulled from rubble after an air strike in Aleppo.

Nate Suratwadee wrote: “The still photo [of Omran] left me stunned … [the incident] made me cry. Just indescribable. There are many child victims [of the civil war]. Many have become refugees. I saw a post with the hashtag #RobbedChildhood. That’s so true.”

Pao Jitasen wrote: “I wish I could hold this boy very tight.”

Mlk Yotha wrote: “Who’d get the benefit from this cruel situation? NO ONE. These innocent kids deserve brighter eyes, a cheerful laugh. They were supposed to get a better future, belong to a better place and have better lives.”

Nirawit Kaewnok wrote: “Started my day by watching this video while getting ready for study. I can’t make my feelings to die down … I was thinking, What if that was my sis[ter] or my cousin … I just want to share with the world how I feel because I don’t think we can look away anymore. I just feel so helpless. Seeing fellow human beings, especially children, being slaughtered is too sad mood. #prayfortheworld”

Ekarach Sriboonma wrote: “Stop war, stop losses.”

Celebrate the Olympic Games on social media

Published August 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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It will be easy to stay engaged with the events of the 2016 Olympic Games for two weeks in Rio de Janeiro, via online channels.

The official online channels of Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are available across social media platforms including the official page at; main website is; Twitter is / and;

Instagram at and Youtube is

People can also get information about the games throughout the two weeks on the official Rio 2016 app in their hands, which they can download from

The new version of the Rio 2016 app has the most up-to-date information on the Olympic schedule and results, medals, sports, athletes and teams, venues, maps and spectator guides.

Social media platforms launched their service to facilitate people to get in touch with the game. For example, Twitter facilities enable people to enjoy the Rio 2016 Olympics on Twitter, Vine, and Periscope. Twitter users can follow the games with Olympic emoji hashtags, the official hashtag, #Rio2016, as well as the official accounts including @Olympics, @OlympicFlame, @Rio2016, and @Rio2016_en.

Fans across the globe can share their passion for their favourite teams on Twitter with 207 team emojis. Tweeting with the three-letter country code hashtag will trigger flag emojis for every team, such as the Refugee Olympic Team (#ROT).

Fans can also trigger over 50 Olympics and sports emojis on Twitter. The hashtags that trigger the emojis will be available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. The hashtags that trigger sports emojis, as well as #Rio2016 and #Olympics, are also available in Japanese, Korean, and Arabic.

Meanwhile, Periscope will have a featured channel with Olympics-related content. Vine will also feature Olympics-related content in the Explore section on Vine’s mobile apps, and when people double-tap a Vine from @Olympics and various team accounts, they’ll find an Olympic Flame instead of a heart.

Moreover, there is a new Rio 2016 section in Moments and it is easily way to get people to follow everything related to the teams.

The Christ the Redeemer landmark was illuminated on July 28 with projected photos from the City of Rio’s Instagram account, to celebrate the Opening Ceremony on August 5.

Facebook videos

Facebook also allows users to have 7-second, looping videos, instead of static images as well as new, temporary profile pics, to show support for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

However, not all can post on social media about #Rio2016, especially if you are brands, companies, and business who are not sponsors.

According to Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter which states that “Except as permitted by the IOC Executive Board, no competitor, team official or other team personnel who participates in the Olympic Games may allow his person, name, picture or sports performances to be used for advertising purposes during the Olympic Games.”

Rule 40 limits athletes participating in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (“Rio 2016”) from appearing in any advertising between July 27 and August 24, the games period. Rule 40 applies to all uses of an athlete’s image, name or performance in any type of advertising including print, online and digital including social media and in mobile apps, broadcast, outdoor, as well as any personal appearances.

Let’s enjoy the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on any social media that you favour.

Relentless debate on Chinese tourists

Published August 14, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Racism or bias against races was an interesting topic discussed in social media over the past week, after Thai media publicised stories on the problems posed by the decreasing number of Chinese tourists in Chiang Mai, which was very popular among them, and the economic impact.

On Twitter, there are people who explicitly showed they did not like these “Tour Chin [Chinese Tourists]” and there were those who understood and wanted the tourists to come.

@hoonchuckyai wrote: “Blaming all Chinese tourists is just like blaming all political groups, blaming all politicians, blaming all soldiers. Shouldn’t we consider them separately? There are good Chinese tourists. There are many grades. But the standard should be controlled by our tour companies. In case anyone behaves badly, the agent must be banned. Otherwise, we cannot solve any problem.”

@aorwiki: “I went to Samet Island. A Chinese tourist wanted to take pictures of a crab then she split its claws. They found seashells and wanted to put them in the bags and take them home. I talked to them in English, they didn’t apparently get a word.”

On Facebook, TCCTV (@ThaiCCTVthailand) publicised graphic memes on “Please Understand Chinese People”. It credited the content from the Facebook post of Noppanan Arunvongse na Ayudhaya, a Thai professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

Noppanan wrote that he was not involved in making the meme but he had no objection. The relationship between Chinese and Thai people has been cherished for almost 1,000 years, he said.

However, last Friday he quoted president of Association of Thai Travel Agents in Chiang Mai, Boonta Chailert, from “Nowadays, there has been a trend against the Thai government and some Chiang Mai people who insulted Chinese tourists. It was a result of people posting [messages] on social media complaining against Chinese tourists… The Chinese government has harshly punished its people. Then the Thai government also prohibited Chinese tourists’ vehicles. Now, some people think Thailand is insulting the Chinese [people].”

Dhanya Dhanyadhata wrote, “I think this is good. If they come to Thailand and want to drive, they should rent the car. Local car rent companies then have some income and there will be insurance. Many problems can occur if they drive their own vehicles.”

On Sunday, Noppanan wrote that the Chinese government media, Xinhua, and China Daily had reported continuously since late last year that Chinese tourists were not welcome in Chiang Mai. These media quoted from Thai media and a Chiang Mai University report that Chinese tourists could not speak English, they did not have manners, they littered, spit, they made loud noise, violated traffic laws and disturbed Chiang Mai‘s peace and order.

The following day, he posted news from China Daily that said Baidu had joined hands with theTourism Authority of Thailand in providing a Baidu Map for Chinese tourists to enjoy travelling in Thailand.

Kornkit Disthan, whose has an interest in Asian cultures and had many times posted on Facebookabout Chinese tourists, wrote that he usually read in Chinese media that the tourists praised and had a good attitude towards Thailand, especially Thai hospitality.

While those positive comments were from quality tourists from China, Kornkit wrote that the Thai government should discuss with China to solve the problem of the so-called “Zero Dollar tours”. Some Thais were displeased that most of the money from these underprivileged and poorly educated tourists, who came in big, untidy groups, went to their agents and only a little money came to Thai people. The government and Thai people should not allow the nominees of Chinese or foreign companies to take advantage of tourism in Thailand.

Publicising the Dos and Don’ts as well as communicating with the tourists creatively and positively so that they understand the “Spirit of Thailand” should be among the best solutions, he wrote.

Meanwhile, Thai news anchor Varin Sachdev who is of Indian descent, posted on Facebook about a Thairath newspaper headline that said, “Time to reorganise ‘Kaek’ [South Asian descendants]”, that made many of his friends angry. He wrote that although he was not personally angry, he could not help question the choice of word. There are a lot of Thai-born Indians and Thais should not have bias against these people. Meanwhile, Indian descendants in Thailand should also reflect on themselves whether they had done anything to make Thais angry. “Have we adapted well enough to be Indian-descent Thais, and not Thai-born Indians?” he asked.

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