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Thai school sports event.. Quasi-Nazi pagent?

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Thai school sports event.. Quasi-Nazi pagent?

Postby momopi » Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:58 pm

In many Asian schools, they have annual "sports day" events where students participate in various athletic events, with parents attending as guests (and sometimes as participants).

Some schools try to get fancy with sports day themes. In Thailand there's a private school in Bangkok called Thewpaingarm that allowed its students to decide what theme they wanted to do. For some odd reason they got interested in WW2 history and decided to hold a Nazi pageant. Over 100 students dressed up as quasi Nazi party members and goose stepped around the school yard. LoL.

You can see some photos from the event at bottom of this page:
http://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/s/c ... ct=4494183

Note that in many Asian countries, they don't share the same political correctness as we do. While it's probably poor taste to joke about Nazi's (except maybe Mel Brooks) here, you'd find it as a subject of humor in Asia, even in children's cartoons. In the popular Urusei Yatsura anime movies, the character Megane ran a Nazi themed "Third Reich Decadent Cafe". The creator of the series, Rumiko Takahashi, also authored other popular series such as Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkou, and Inu Yasha (broadcasted in the US).
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Postby momopi » Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:25 am

gordan wrote:I'm glad that some countries are not politically correct. I think The Simon Wiesenthal Center needs to get a life and stop meddling in other people's countries and let people do what they want. They take this stuff too seriously. At least they don't have to pay for these celebrations and symbols like we have to pay for their endless "Holocaust" memorials and other nonsense.


IMO they do it, because sympathy to Holocaust is critical to their survival. I can't really blame people for acting out of self preservation.
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