SAO BRAPHET SONG & MORE      THAI IDENTITES     Transnational Perspectives 11/1/12
GOALS• Discuss        explosion of identities through images of books produced by Thais• Background   of Sao Braphet Song ...
What’s UNAIDS ambassador?
HERE’S THE TERMS:•   METHOD OF HIV/AIDS ENLIGHTENMENT IS STATED AS:1) USE OF CONDOM SHOULD BE DE FOCAL POINT OF YOUR CAMPA...
Bangkok
Buddhism in Heart of City
Kathoey/Sao Braphet Song
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• Chiang Mai                      Context    •  City in Northern Thailand    •  “An exciting multicultural city whose popu...
Why Narratives?• We can see how sao braphet song perceivetheir own subjectivities• “The narrative method promotes a morehu...
“Co-producing” the                     Narratives• Advertised the narrative-taking project with flyers aroundcampus that “...
Mistaken Understandings• Cross-cultural Misconceptions    •  “[Participants] were often shocked...about the homophobic and...
Early Life• Marco: "Kathoey is a word I have been familiar with since Iwas a child. It was the term that people used to re...
Adopting an Identity• Marco: "After mixing more and more with the girls I noticed goodthings about being a woman and began...
Adapting Identity• Marco: "College education was very hard work...I didnthave time to take care of myself at all...I began...
Vision• Marco: "Sincerity is very important among gays: if we havesincerity, I certainly believe that one day we will be a...
Ladyboys Documentary and "The Evolving   Situation for Transgender People in Thailand"• Documentary follows two Thai katho...
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives
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  • Backup of jackson explosion and sao braphet narratives

    1. 1. SAO BRAPHET SONG & MORE THAI IDENTITES Transnational Perspectives 11/1/12
    2. 2. GOALS• Discuss explosion of identities through images of books produced by Thais• Background of Sao Braphet Song Narratives• Separate identities and compare
    3. 3. What’s UNAIDS ambassador?
    4. 4. HERE’S THE TERMS:• METHOD OF HIV/AIDS ENLIGHTENMENT IS STATED AS:1) USE OF CONDOM SHOULD BE DE FOCAL POINT OF YOUR CAMPAIGN2) ABSTINENCE FROM SEX SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED3) FAITHFULNESS TO ONCE PARTNERS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED INCOUPLES4 )HAVING MORE THAN ONE PARTNER SHOULD BE DISCOURAGED.5 )BLOOD SCREENING BEFORE USE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED6) USE OF UNSTERILIZED NEEDLES AND BARBING CLIPPERS SHOULD BEDISCOURAGED7) NEED TO KNOW ONES HIV STATUS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED8 )PERIODIC HIV SCREENING SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED9) MOTHER TO BABY TRANSMISSION/ PREVENTION SHOULDBE EMPHASIZED•
    5. 5. Bangkok
    6. 6. Buddhism in Heart of City
    7. 7. Kathoey/Sao Braphet Song
    8. 8. 8
    9. 9. • Chiang Mai Context •  City in Northern Thailand •  “An exciting multicultural city whose population now totals more than 600,000” (Narratives 51)• Chiang Mai University (CMU) •  Thailand’s first regional university •  22,000+ students, 17 faculties (programs), 107 departments •  Has a club for sao braphet song called Rosepaper •  Researchers who wrote the book were “amazed at the relatively large number of cross-dressing male students on campus” (Narratives 3)
    10. 10. Why Narratives?• We can see how sao braphet song perceivetheir own subjectivities• “The narrative method promotes a morehumanistic and participatory socialscience” (Narratives 11)• “Personal stories of unique and complexindividuals” (Narratives 53)
    11. 11. “Co-producing” the Narratives• Advertised the narrative-taking project with flyers aroundcampus that “explained that we sought the life stories of saobraphet song in order to help people better understand theirlives” (Narratives 4)• “Anonymity freed individuals to be more honest and open ina society that does not always encourage such personalexposure” (Narratives 5)• Offered payment for participation• “We seek to illuminate the experiences of male universitystudents living in northern Thailand who identify as saobraphet song, or ‘a second type of woman’” (Narratives 1)
    12. 12. Mistaken Understandings• Cross-cultural Misconceptions •  “[Participants] were often shocked...about the homophobic and transphobic violence and harassment experienced by gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people in the United States...Ironically, both Thai and Americans believe the other to be living in a more free and accepting society when it comes to sexual and gender expression” (Narratives 5) •  Western tourism portrays them as “free from discrimination and able to express themselves without fear of stigmatization or violent reprisals” (Narratives 2)• Negative Stereotypes •  “Despised for their tendency to draw attention to themselves through loud and unfeminine voices, revealing clothing, aggressive manners, and ‘overacting’” (Narratives 2)• The narratives provide "a window into the lives and experiences of agroup of people about whom little is known but much isassumed” (Narratives 8)
    13. 13. Early Life• Marco: "Kathoey is a word I have been familiar with since Iwas a child. It was the term that people used to refer to me.It is surprising that from the first time I heard this word Iimmediately understood what it meant." (77)• Thai Silk: "I was born into the midst of voices that told me Iwasnt a real man. Everyone around me regarded me as akathoey or tut. But my parents decided that they would try toturn me into a real man" (93)
    14. 14. Adopting an Identity• Marco: "After mixing more and more with the girls I noticed goodthings about being a woman and began to change what wasmasculine about myself. My behavior and manners started to be likethose of a woman, so much that one day a friend came to me andasked whether or not I was a kathoey. I thought about this for manydays, until I was brave enough to decide that I would accept who Iwas--and that I really was a kathoey." (79)• Thai Silk: "What made me express myself more openly was that therewas a gay person who lived next door to me...But then one day hetried to come on to me. This forced me to express myself because Ihad heard from my friends that gays generally arent attracted tokathoey. I am afraid of this group, although there are some of themwho I wouldnt mind having sex with." (97)• Marco: "I decided to make friends with people who were kathoey, justlike me. I felt that at least we were the same, and if somethinghappened we could help one another and be able to understand oneanother." (80)
    15. 15. Adapting Identity• Marco: "College education was very hard work...I didnthave time to take care of myself at all...I began to changefrom kathoey to gay, as some people call themselves...and Ihave remained this way until today...Today I am gay, butdont know whether I will change yet again in this life." (81)• Thai Silk: "I began to consciously change myself. I was veryafraid of teasing and so made myself into more of a realman by acting like a man. In my heart, of course, I was stillvery much a woman...I wasnt able to cover up my truepersonality for long because sometimes my mannerismswould inadvertently come out." (95)
    16. 16. Vision• Marco: "Sincerity is very important among gays: if we havesincerity, I certainly believe that one day we will be able tofreely and completely become the third sex without otherpeople caring one way or another." (82)• Thai Silk: "I think that society will eventually accept peoplelike me more than they do now...until eventually we will beequal to people who are normal." (99)
    17. 17. Ladyboys Documentary and "The Evolving Situation for Transgender People in Thailand"• Documentary follows two Thai kathoey wholeave rural homes to become cabaret performers• 7:55-8:23• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezQ_KbYnh_8&feature=endscreen&NR=1• A broadcast on Channel News Asia• start-1:33• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUHFyx94hZc

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