Bangkok Podcast: Thais Love Whitey

2017-10-18T21:48:02+07:00August 8th, 2010|Bangkok Podcast Season 1, Expat Experiences|3 Comments

Bangkok Podcast 13: Thais Love Whitey

Ahh, summer time, when everyone heads down to the beach to get that wonderful golden tan that makes you look like a Hollywood star. Except in Asia, where perceptions of skin tone often run counter to what they do in the West. In Thailand white skin is much more desirable and has come to denote affluence, wealth and success.

On this episode of Bangkok Podcast, Anthony and Greg discuss how Thais shun dark skin and yearn for white skin, how beauty products and advertising try to promote the message that you’ll only find love and success if you’re white, and what effect it has on the psyche of someone growing up with a dark complexion.

Anthony also gives us the lowdown on his visit to a part of Bangkok that most western expats never see – the cloistered Japanese karaoke scene.

Show Links:

Dwight Turner: Thailand, land of smiles. But only if you’re white


  1. Chris August 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Cool podcast.

    But… Thai’s with dark skin have trouble getting served in restaurants? Are you guys for real?

    • Tony August 13, 2010 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Yes that has happened to friends of mine so I guess that would make us “real”.

  2. Jack August 15, 2010 at 9:27 am - Reply

    The issue of dark skin is all around Asia….here everyone like fair skin and im asian

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