Sunday, January 06, 2013

Young English Teacher in the Bangkok Night

"Young English Teacher in the Bangkok Night" - Chris Coles
He teaches English at Bangkok's most exclusive private school, helping kids from the richest families in Thailand get into top universities in the U.S.  His circle of friends includes other Expat teachers from the U.S., England, Canada and Australia, all earning 10 to 20 times the average yearly wage of a Thai person, all living inside the Young Expat Bubble, many with wives or girlfriends who are also Expats and who work day and night to keep their Expat husbands and boyfriends safe and on a tight leash.

His Thai friends are all from rich families, hi-so kids, graduates of universities in the U.S., England and Australia, born into lives of privilege, impunity and entitlement.

He has yet to become contaminated by the surrounding darkness of Southeast Asia Noir, the bars, the girls, the gangsters, trafficking, extortion, corruption, any drugs other than weed.  He carries with him an air of moral certitude and seems confident of his own good intent, immune from degeneracy, degradation and temptation.

Hopefully, he will complete his Bangkok stint without straying outside the Bubble of his pre-conceptions, received ideas and righteousness and make it back to the States with his original personality and character still intact, carrying with him as souvenirs of his Southeast Asia adventure, many photos.

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