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Are Thai girls racist?

Here's a question that I get a lot. Even when it's not being asked to me by someone I hear guys talking about it in the bars. Are Thai girls racist? Like anything else of this nature, there is not going to a clear cut answer that tells you everything you need to know in one sentence. So I will try to explain things in this post.

The first thing to note is that as a general rule, Thai people prefer light skin to dark skin. Some people think this is a legacy of colonialism or something. But Thailand was never actually a colony. On top of that there is evidence that light skin was appreciated long before the "white man" showed up on the shores of the land of smiles.

All around the world light skin is, or at least was, the common preference. Most people think it's was a class indicator. The labouring classes got dark skin by breaking their backs in the hot sun all day. The well off kept their skin light by staying indoors and leisurely laying around doing nothing. It wasn't until a few decades ago that tanning became popular for farang. In some white countries, it's still more popular to be pastie.

So at least in terms of skin tone, white farang are looked at by most Thais as having beautiful skin. And black and brown guys are not going to enjoy that same physical admiration. That's just the way it is in general. But it doesn't mean that white guys get all the pussy or that black guys can't get any. Not at all.

What about racial prejudice? Well I can tell you that a lot of Thai people have a negative view of Indians and people who look Indian or Arab. I've heard it so many times I've lost count. And brown skin guys with those kinds of appearances tell me they've experienced it too. But that doesn't mean they never get laid. There are chicks who either aren't prejudiced against Indian guys or actually prefer them. There are even hookers that focus on Indians and even Indian and Arab bars.

The same goes for black dudes. I've seen that many Thai people don't like black skin. But I haven't heard any really hateful anti-black stuff like you might hear from the wrong crowd back home. For whatever reason some locals seem more comfortable around black guys from the West than black guys who are from Africa. And the same thing applies as with the Indian dudes. There are chicks that aren't prejudiced against blacks, and then there are the chicks who proudly proclaim "I love chocolate" and focus on finding BBC. There's a lot of this type around some of the clubs.

One thing I will say is that I have seen and heard of Indian looking guys being kept out of some clubs and go go bars. The doormen will just say something like sorry you can't come in. Either that or they will say it's a member's only place or that the guys have to buy a drink before they can come in. I haven't seen anyone else treated that way. This doesn't apply to every go go bar and club either. But it happens enough to be an issue.

Finally there is the issue of nationality. The truth is that there are a lot of Thai people who look down on their neighbours and have negative opinions of a lot of other nationalities too. Sometimes this is taught to them, sometimes it's imported. And sometimes it's just based on what they've seen. For example a lot of hi so Thai chicks wouldn't be caught dead dating a foreigner of any kind. Then there are the regular Thais who think all farang in their country are dirty drunkards laden with STDs.

Yet in spite of all of this, there are guys like me and others with skin of all shades that regularly hookup and date in Thailand with no apparent issue at all. In fact it's usually a lot easier to meet women here than it is almost anywhere else in the world.

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Chris founded LivingThai.org in 2011 and has received over 3 million visitors. He has lived here for over 10 years and speaks reads and writes very good Thai.
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