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18MMW Presents: Thailand

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Published on Jan 6, 2009

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What if you plan a business trip and all you want to really do is...do business? It might be difficult when the country you're traveling to is Thailand.

A new video sketch by the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors.

Writer:
Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle

Featuring:
Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Greg Watanabe

Camera/Editor:
Eric Ignacio

Locations Manager:
traci akemi kato-kiriyama

concept editor:
Peter Wong
www.18mmw.com

*****FROM GREG WATANABE*******
In an effort to respond to some of the negative comments about this sketch, I offer an explanation (note, I didn't write this sketch):

This piece is primarily about how some people's view of Thailand is distorted by it's reputation as a destination for sex tours. There are many reasons how this came to be, none of them are Thailand's per se. The U.S. military is probably the most to blame.

Clearly, as the sketch itself points out, there are many other aspects of Thailand to be proud of.

As an Asian American, the fetishization of the Asian female is a familiar topic. The view of Asian or Asian American females as sex objects is both an issue of sexism and racism. On a national scale, the stereotypical view of Thailand as a destination for exotic prostitution is an issue of de facto military occupation and economic colonization.

For me, this piece is about the stereotypes of Thailand and unfair and hypocritical treatment it receives from other countries.

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