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    Posted December 19, 2013 by
    Sivarnee
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    Thailand, a Beauty Hub for All? Do Beauty & Brains Go Together (as a Country competitiveness)?

     

    Vacation? Adventure? And Surgery? The Myths versus The Reality Of Sex Tourism And Prostitution In Thailand. Many people blame western men as the cause of the prostitution in Thailand. I have heard people suggest that it all started when the American soldiers came to Bangkok during the war in Vietnam. This could not be further from the truth. Prostitution has always been very active in Thailand long before the Vietnam war.

    Most of the prostitution that occurs has nothing to do with tourists. Every city in Thailand has a booming sex industry, and aside from the major tourist areas, these are catering to Thai clientele.

    A growing number of tourists are doing just that, combining holidays with health care, and that's because a growing number of countries are offering first-rate medical care at Third-World prices. Many of these medical tourists can't afford health care at home (the 40 million uninsured Americans, for example). Others are going for procedures not covered by their insurance: cosmetic surgery or infertility treatment, for example.

    For centuries, Thailand has embodied a relative openness in navigating categories of sexuality and gender. Walk down the street in Bangkok, and you're likely to see people labeled as kathoey, or "ladyboys." The nation has one of the largest transgender populations in the world, a fact many people surgeons, therapists, transgender people find difficult to explain.

    Maybe it's the relatively open Buddhist culture, one surgeon speculated.

    Perhaps it's out of financial necessity, others suggested, alluding to a high demand for sex workers.

    Whatever the varied reasons, Thailand's reputation is the antithesis of Iran's when it comes to sexual openness. In Iran, same-sex acts are considered criminal and punishable by execution, but sex reassignment surgery is legal. For these reasons some gay Iranians report feeling pressure to change gender identities.

    'If we do everything that people want without any regulation or control, THAILAND WILL BE IN TROUBLE'

    People won't trust us," says Somsak Lolekha, former president of the Thai Medical Council, the doctor who was in charge when the stricter 2009 regulations were passed.

    Many of Thai women want to get married to western men so they can have a ticket out of Thailand. Now this is one of the myths that is the most laughable.

    As Lolekha describes, the regulations were put in place for a multitude of reasons: to try to guard against underage castrations; to make sure people (foreigners and Thai both) are getting sex reassignment procedures they won't later regret; and to help ensure that Thailand has a reputation in the international realm that is responsible and not of a lawless, wild west of medical tourism.

     

    Thai women from poor backgrounds with little education would be frightened at the idea of going to the USA, or Europe. Also, they do not look at Thailand as a third world country and USA and Europe are the lands of opportunity. Most uneducated Thais view Thailand as a Global economic super power. They believe Thailand is one of the richest and most powerful countries in the world.

    When you compare Thailand to Burma, Laos and Cambodia, it is easy to see how they get that idea. The idea that Thai women are looking for a way out of their absurd.

    This is a common problem for inter racial couples in Thailand. There is some report from the press interview that, some of them meet Nada Chaiyajit, 33, who had male-to-female surgery performed by a surgeon from the Preecha Aesthetic Institute in 2008, on a Saturday morning for coffee at a busy shopping mall in Bangkok.

    And some articles is from Correspondent Mr. Bob Simon (Ref: http://www.cbsnews.com/team/bob-simon) Bob Simon is among a handful of elite journalists who have covered most major overseas conflicts and news stories from the late sixties to the present, earning an unprecedented number of awards in the process. He has been contributing regularly to 60 Minutes since 1996-2013.

    He reported last spring, the hospitals in these faraway countries are glad to have these medical tourists. In fact, they are courting their business, trying to get more people to outsource their own health care.

    Thailand is an exotic vacation spot known for its Buddhas, its beaches, its brothels, and the bustle of Bangkok. But for people needing medical care, it's known increasingly for example: Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok Hospital etc. some example of luxurious place that claims to have more foreign patients than any other hospital in the world. It's like a United Nations of patients here, and they're cared for by more than 500 doctors, most with international training.

    We have been struggling in the beginning but once we found that many stars who are on the way to achieve our goal. Aesthetic surgery becomes another option of beauty.

    Interested Patients seeking for choices offered outside their homeland for more benefits. Thailand maybe one of those choices people is now interested in. Thai aesthetic industry may prove to be one of the most wanted destinations because of its expertise and relatively low cost with impressive service.

    Beauty is a tool for a person either for him or her because it is related to external appearance but on other hand inner beauty is one which helps for personal growth like discipline, confidence etc., on other hand brain is something which is most dangerous thing in the world, we can create and at the same time we can destroy it.

    'It's sort of Ground Zero. I haven't heard anybody yet who's told us that they take more than 350,000 international patients a year' says Curt Schroeder, CEO of Bumrungrad.

    The aesthetic surgery trend became a new way of beauty that spread all over the world. It became popular not only among celebrities and famous people due to the advance of technology in this area. New technology has made the process a lot easier and more efficient than before.

    Mr. Simon explained plastic and cosmetic surgery services are provided by Physicians in many countries in America, Europe , Asia or even Africa. This industrial tend grows faster than other medical treatments due to many hospitals and clinics participated in this business. (K. Taninpituk, 2008)

    An obvious evident of Miss International Queen, Miss Thailand World, Miss Teen Thailand, Miss Thailand Universe, Miss Tiffany Universe, Miss Ladyboy etc. crown again by Thais and their remarkable touch of Thai surgeons make us wonder about the potential of Thailand Aesthetic to serve the service on the international level and gain a leading position in a future.

    Another example like Actress for them their Physical beauty and inner beauty both are required. If we speak in terms of percentage than its like 40 and 60 percent respectively.

    This is one of the most everyday topics in Asian countries. Unilever Thai Trading co., Ltd, One of the biggest cosmetic producers in Thailand has research result collected from 2,100 persons from 9 Asian Countries shows that Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand are the top 4 countries with highest demand for plastic surgery in the region.

    Also varieties of plastic surgeries are available. Thai hospitals and clinics Thailand claimed that their aesthetic surgery patients came from many countries and the number is increasing every year. (The Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Thailand, 2008) Public relations mostly websites have exposed to get attention from worldwide customers.

    It is difficult to say whether Thailand does in fact have a higher proportion of transgendered people in its population as compared with other countries. But for some reasons there might be two reasons why Thailand's numbers appear high in comparison to those of western countries.

    First, in a place such as the United States, transgendered people who venture out in public risk verbal and physical harassment. The potential for transphobic violence means that transgendered people often think twice about going down to the local mall.

    Second, some transgendered people, such as heterosexual transvestites, cross-dress only in the privacy of their own homes, or with groups of supportive people - not in public. Accordingly, this segment of the transgendered population also remains invisible.

    Accordingly, one can see that other countries might have transgendered populations’ equivalent to that of Thailand. It is just that the high numbers of freedom they have to express their transgenderism in public, in contrast to the numbers of western transpeople who are forced to live in the closet.

    Comparatively speaking in terms of religion, it is easy to state that Judaeo-Christian belief condemns transgenderism because it is plainly written in the Old Testament. However, according to Thailand's national religion, Buddhism, transgenderism is not a sin.

    Thus, transgenderism becomes a question of karma. And to the extent that means paying the debt for one's past immoralities, then that person is to be pitied rather than condemned for a willful act 'against nature'.

    The Thai media sensationalizes transgenderism. They have been frequent characters on television dramas, but these roles are typically either comic or tragic, and superficial. (Andrew Matzner, 2000)

    Furthermore, Ministry of Public health, Thailand is currently promoting Thai medical services and Thai health products to reach high standard quality and turn Thailand into Medical hub of Asia. The ministry strategy is to assist technical information, cooperate research, data publications and support public relations. Hospitals and Clinics in Thailand are now have potentiality to serve foreign patients. Every time people hear of transgender, they think of Thailand.

    Every time a person considers changing his gender, he thinks of doing so in Thailand. Is it because Thailand is too open-minded that homosexuals are more accepted here than in other countries, and such they feel more comfortable to express themselves, their desire to be in a different body, thus germinated the industry for transgender surgeries in Thailand? This is all fit with Thailand become hub for western sex trade. Lots of strange white tourist is always going there, so maybe there is so many transgender there because is lot of opportunity for whore to make money?

    Memorandum of Understanding of Samitivej Hospital Group with Global Medical Tour (South Korea ) and Piyavej Hospital Group with NS home shopping is a good sign of internationalization of Thai medical treatment. (Ministry of Public Health Thailand, 2008)

    'The most successful Thai medical tourism the root of it all was sexual reassignment surgery' said Curtis Schroeder, Bumrungrad CEO (Nip, Tuck and Frequent-Flier Miles, The New York times, 2007)

    In China, the attractive woman is someone with a very slim figure (size 4, 5), flat chested, pale skin, and they like big eyes. They are apprehensive about getting a tan, they make sure they are covered when going out during the day, and an umbrella is used quite often. Pale skin is not only sought out by the women, but is also desired in men. It shows your status. Wealthy people are pale, working people are tan. Japan: Smooth skin and straight black hair is very desirable. Interestingly enough, in old English culture, pale skin was also recognized as a feature of women of status. Africa is a vast continent divided into north, south east, west, and central Africa. How one looks at beauty differs from region to region. In many parts of Africa, big women with large breasts and big hips are desirable; a sign of beauty, it is associated with abundance and fertility. So, all these countries that sends their women to the Miss World pageant, or Miss Universe contest.

    Whatever it takes to get your business. People tend to see beauty in something or someone that is pleasing to the eyes. The stereotype that Hollywood, or the organizers of the Miss Universe and Miss World, are setting, may not necessary be what other people considers as 'beautiful'.

    PS: According to my opinion God had gifted human beings with two things beauty or mind. But it is generally seen that minded people are not so beautiful and beautiful persons are not that much minded. In all the world minded people are recognized everywhere but it is not necessary that everyone will respect beautiful persons. All the leading personalities of this world for ex. Abraham Lincoln, Hitler, Margret Tachture, Indira nooyi, A. P. J Abdul Kalam etc were not so beautiful but their talent and intellect had been recognized by whole world. (That's all I can summarize from many sources toward How did Thailand become a hub of transgender topic. Thank you)

     

    Source:

    http://www.t-pageant.com/ Miss Thai Pageant

    http://www.missuniversethailand.com/ Miss Universe Thailand

    http://www.missladyboys.com/ Miss Ladyboys Thailand

    http://www.missgrandthailand.com/ Miss Grand Thailand

    http://www.bectero.com/event/missthailandworld2013/ Miss Thailand World

    http://www.thaimiss.com Thailand Miss International

    http://www.missthailandchinese.com Miss Thailand Chinese International

    http://www.thaitga.com/ Thai Transgender Alliance

    http://thaicosmeticsurgery.com/ Thailand Cosmetic Surgery

    http://www.med.in.th/ The Best Plastic Surgery in Thailand

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