Friday, 14 August 2020

Thai Values vs Western Values

As I begin my last term in Thailand, I've been rooting through my belongings and came across a table in my notes that we were referred to (no official source, I'm afraid) in our induction training.

Having spent nearly three years here I find it generally holds true, with the caveat that we're talking about people and there are huge variations within the bell-curve at an individual level:

Western Thai
Freedom Respect/Family
Self-determination Restraint/Stoicism
Honesty/Truth Spirituality/Mysticism
Tolerance Compassion/Happiness
Rule of Law Hierachy/Conformity
- Avoidance of Embarrassment