And while yes, there is human trafficking and it is a serious problem, stereotypes and ignorance of Asian cultures get in the way of actually addressing it properly.Somewhere in the anti-human trafficking movement, there is a document of things that are supposed to be key indicators of human trafficking, and unfortunately, some of those indicators are false and borne out of ignorance of the culture.
Through repetition and exposure, what wasn't popular in the '50s and '60s slowly became more normalized.
Asian women became the new face of beauty for many of the men that sat through trade show pitches, and read tech magazines.
When people see a white man walking arm in arm with a Thai woman, there is all too often an incredibly offensive assumption that they met in a go-go bar and that she was a prostitute.
Yes, like every big city in the world, Bangkok does have a red light district, but for the most part Thai culture is conservative and very spiritual.
There was a sense that I had sinned by leaving a “good Christian woman” and taking up with a heathen. “If you believe in an afterlife, why not believe in a before-life?