The 3.5 non-contiguous years I spent living in Thailand was probably the best of my life.
Since the age of sixteen I had always dreamt of living outside the United States and duing 2012 – 2016 it was a reality that blew away all expectations.
I had a social life that rivaled my college years (the first time around). The women were amazingly beautiful with many of them having a strong attraction towards me. People were interesting and friendly.
Furthermore, I didn’t have to deal with the problems of the United States such as running into meth addicts, although Thailand has a meth problem as well, dealing with neighbors who beat their children, or Christianity seeping into every aspect of the culture.
Thais are Buddhists, they don’t care if you drink a lot or do other things a lot, gay or straight, there are no judgments. Their attitudes towards many social aspects of culture tend to be laid back and non-judgemental. I think their society is lively and fun because of this.
They have never been colonized so the majority has no chip on their shoulder regarding outsiders.
Things tended to be cheaper and higher quality. For instance, I lived in a studio apartment in one of the poshest sections of town and my rent never exceeded $300 USD a month. In contrast, I was paying $750 USD a month to live in Koreatown Los Angeles in a neighborhood filled with Central American gangbangers.
Same goes for medical which is why Thailand is such a medical tourist destination. There are high-quality doctors that are Western trained at a fraction of the price. Doctors in the United States are constantly missing things like cancer or prescribing the wrong medications. People are paying high prices for the low standard of care in the United States.
I have met the most fascinating people of my life in this small country as well. Accomplished people with reputations. I never would come across these people living in the States much less be accepted into their group.
For those few years of life, I was mainly kept away from the ignorant and ugly American. Few Americans travel abroad and the ones I did meet were very open-minded and intelligent.
Living abroad showed me that for some people they could have a higher quality and more fulfilling life than if they just stayed in the United States.
In my case being a Japanese man is one of the highest levels of human being in Thailand. I found out what it is like to have the red-carpet rolled out for someone. Furthermore, I was able to imagine what “white privilege” looks like in the United States. I was experiencing something similar in Thailand.
People have told me that they have seen people in movies, television, and magazines that looked like me. It was meant as a compliment. In the United States, you are lucky to have a token Asian character that eventually gets his head caved in by a baseball bat!
I used to have a strong attraction towards white females but gradually that disappeared. I think I realized that I was seeing almost nothing but white women in media, movies, and television. They were set as the ideal attractive female in the West. Now I do not feel the same way. I think I was brainwashed a bit. I do not think other people are represented fairly in the West.
A lot of people think it bizarre that I would prefer to live in a faraway country such as Thailand. However, these people think nothing of living in neighborhoods with meth addicts and gangbangers. I think it’s part of that Americanism which is isolated and feels their society is the best regardless of how objectively shitty it really is.