Thailand Offers Course For Women Who Marry Foreigners
Posted 03 September 2017 - 06:32
As Thai society becomes more accepting of interracial marriages, some women view them as a way to better their economic status, the ministry says.
"Our course will teach women how to conduct themselves, about the laws of their destination country, and how to prepare before going," said senior ministry official Patcharee Arayakul.
"This is to reduce the risks of women being scammed or being a victim of human trafficking," added Ms Patcharee, who is the director of the ministry's division of gender equality.
Although there is no recent data on such marriages, a 2004 government study showed more than 15,000 women from one of the poorest regions, northeastern Isan, had married foreign men, and sent a monthly total of 122 million baht to their families.
The course covers "legal rights, how to seek help through relevant Thai authorities, as well as exploring issues of culture shock," said Dusadee Ayuwat, an associate professor at Khon Kaen University who helped to design it.
The practical advice was very useful, said one woman who attended the day-long course, paid for by the ministry.
"I was more interested in the legal aspects rather than the culture shock," said the woman, who declined to be named.
The course could be useful for some Thai women, said Ploynisa Duangdararungrueng, a former spa manager who is married to German national Ralf Wacker.
"Thai women, especially those from the northeast region, are soft-spoken and submissive," she said. "They must learn to respect themselves and their culture."
Her husband said the course could prepare women for the reality of life in the West.
"For a lot of women, life in the West is like a fairy tale, but in reality it can feel extremely isolating moving to a small town," said Mr Wacker, who urged Thailand to offer a similar course for Western spouses.
"If the Western man does not understand the family dynamics, this can cause a lot of problems."
Posted 03 September 2017 - 14:56
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant
Posted 03 September 2017 - 21:44
Posted 04 September 2017 - 02:01
Posted 04 September 2017 - 05:42
In all the 20 or so years she never asked for more than a pittance to send back to LOS. And I will say she was nearly a model wife.
She got: NZ Citizenship, free health for her cancer (now cured) and 50% of the family wealth at divorce (Not millions but a goodly sum).
Do you think I'm gonna see any of the half share of her land, I'm entitled to? (presumably), in Surin? You know the land we established a rubber plantation on?
Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:07
Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:55
Of course I can't touch any of it, or lay claim to anybody it, not that I'd want to and in any case whatever is not sold in the future to fund retirement will get passed to the kids
Shit Happens In Thailand. It's a recursive acronym.
Posted 04 September 2017 - 19:24
One of my lasting memories of meeting her family for the first time, was, having brought 4 bottles of duty free with me, the father, brothers and I, polished off one on the first evening. On rising the next morning I found Dad and two of his mates just finishing the other three
My Ex Wi Me's family can best be described as Yokels.
Posted 05 September 2017 - 04:13
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