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Transcript of Thailand
Land of smiles
Dynasties -> Military Rule -> Democratic Rule (1992)
Adaptation to Nature
Power Distance &
Ascription vs. Hierarchy
Nature is key
Family is number one
Respect the dignity of the head
Feet are disgraceful
Respect the royal family
Remember Kreng jai
Josh LeFevre, Daniel Mikkelsen
Raegan Erickson, Rachel Hebert
Satisfaction with Life
Slow industrial development
Fear of stepping outside ritualistic bounds.
Family is the center institution
"Thousands of jobs but only one family."
Compassion and Concern
Values of selflessness and
Repression of self expression
Lack of individual development
Respect books and written materials
Show respect by bowing
fear, be afraid of, be in awe of, dread
mind, heart, spirit.
Awe Heart & Fear Heart
"I cannot do this because I Kreng Jai"
Strong team environment
Suppress open/honest communication
Prevents individual and business growth
Predominant Sect of Buddhism is Theravada Buddhism
Focused on Harmony with Nature
Ex: The Thai Forest Tradition
Large Agricultural exports
70% of land for Ag
Capitol: Krung Thep Maka Nakhon, "Bangkok"
While Thailand is now a Parlimentary-democracy, Derogatory remarks against the royal family has a penalty of 3-15 years imprisonment.
The society is very Ascriptive and is designed so that you stay within your expertise or education "level" within your family.
**except through superior education ability**
While Education is mandatory and run by the government, one must past tests every few years to determine your advancement.
a senior (ผู้ใหญ่ /pôo yài/) is someone who is older or has a higher rank due to profession or income. Whereas a junior (ผู้น้อย /pôo nói/), is someone who is younger or lower in rank.
ผู้ใหญ่ /pôo yài/: senior, adult, elder
ผู้น้อย /pôo nói/: junior, inferior, subordinate
ผู้ /pôo/: person, people
ใหญ่ /yài/: to be big, large, great
น้อย /nói/: to be little, few, not many
ผู้น้อย /pôo nói/ is opposite of ผู้ใหญ่ /pôo yài/ in the sense of lower age/rank.
Whereas ลูกน้อง /lôok nóng/ is opposite of นาย /naai/ and เจ้านาย /jâo naai/.
ลูกน้อง /lôok nóng/: subordinate, underling
นาย/naai/: superior, master, boss
เจ้านาย /jâo naai/: boss, head, master
37% service sector &
*48% of the workforce is female
Talk to the highest level leader
hurts Keng jai and ascription principles
Most ventures/contracts must be approved by various government oversight comitees
Family and nature is first priority
While polychronic they are often seen as one of the most monochronic societies in Asia...if they want to be
"One less responsibility is better than one more"