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Buddhist Monk Assaults English Teacher

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Buddhist Monk Assaults English Teacher

Postby Traveler » Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:24 am

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/449741/english-teacher-assaulted-by-buddhist-monk-on-bangkok-phitsanulok-train

I guess he thought the English teacher was calling him a buffalo. Is that a big insult in Thailand? So the monk just walked away after a train official got involved. If the reverse had happened- a foreigner assaulting a local- then I expect the police would have gotten involved.
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Re: Buddhist Monk Assaults English Teacher

Postby tamdrin12 » Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:16 am

If a foreigner assaulted a Buddhist monk in Thailand he could be certain to face serious consequences. I would imagine imprisonment and deportation.
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Re: Buddhist Monk Assaults English Teacher

Postby Traveler » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:38 am

Another altercation on public transport in Asia between a local and a teacher due to a language barrier-

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDzlaAiBgnc[/youtube]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDzlaAiBgnc

The teacher heard "ni ga" (you in Korean) and thought he was being called the n word.
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Re: Buddhist Monk Assaults English Teacher

Postby Rock » Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:02 am

Traveler wrote:Another altercation on public transport in Asia between a local and a teacher due to a language barrier-

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDzlaAiBgnc[/youtube]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDzlaAiBgnc

The teacher heard "ni ga" (you in Korean) and thought he was being called the n word.


OMG, this is sooo silly. If American's are gonna be so insular, they should just stay home. I remember reading about actor Danny Glover loosing it and storming off set in Thailand when he was there as an actor in some Hollywood movie shoot which of course involved a lot of Thai employees too. They often addressed him as "Khun Danny" which sounds like "Coon Danny" to our American ears. He never bothered to consider that maybe the sound khun/coon might just mean something different to a Thai than an English racist slur.

When I was dealing with Thais before in a working capacity, I often got called khun (my first name) or mista (my first name) or even Khun (my first name) ka/krap.
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