I realized after my post ANOTHER RACIST DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (A Day in The Life of A White Chick In Buriram, Thailand) went live, that a peek into Thai public and private life between the sexes, as I know it, may be in order.It will give that piece, in addition to many of the pieces here on MBSB some context.For example, I’ve heard older people say to my married past trainer when we have been in public together, “Oh, you’re with your gik. I fully understand (or I think I do) the nature of gik relationships when they resemble casual sexual relationships in the West.Regardless, this is the current culture of Buriram and the culture I have resided in, in one shape or form for a number of years.
The following is my attempt to present them to you accurately. – The person you are in a casual relationship with, with no promise of a future. This is not secluded to being a hook-up for sex, although it can be only that.
This can be really complicated and perhaps deserves a post in itself (let me know if you’re interested please), but for the nature of the topic at hand, I will keep it very simple. Oftentimes, giks are treated much like a fen, without the expectation of a future (i.e.
Please note, I have been witness to some distinct similarities of views coming from people of other regions.
The following isn’t only born of observation, it is a summation of that also learned through conversations with friends and people I’ve met along the way who are Thai.
Thai relationships in the most basic of terms: – The person you are in a serious relationship with, with promise of a future. family) together, and no esteemed public recognition.
I’ve heard people speak of their giks much like Westerners speak of a friend of the opposite sex (where no sexual contact occurs), while with others, it is definitely a romantic and/or sexual relationship. And another nak muay, who is, I believe approximately seventeen say in jest to a trainer, “Laura and I are giks. Hugging is sort of serious out here, but compared to Western notions of a hook up, his comment, in my opinion, displays what I would consider a certain innocence to the term).