1. Executive Summary
The case study that will be analyzed in this report presents the case of an American woman who has been living and working in Bangkok, Thailand for three years. It comes without saying, that her life in Bangkok has not been easy. She does not speak Thai language and many of Thais do not speak English, this poses a communicational barrier. She does not own a car and does not have access to the corporate car, this poses a navigation barrier. Moreover, she had to face some differences in the approach to work in within Thai people. It came as a surprise for her that while Americans are usually ready to fulfill the tasks on the short notice, Thais are more laid back and are not willing to rush with completing one or other task. Being unaware of this Racela had troubles at work and was under constant stress. Furthermore, to Racela’s surprise she has discovered that women are usually paid less than man at the work place, and, in general, her firm lacked structure. At the same time, they are many splendid things in Thailand. Racela enjoys travelling, getting to know foreign culture and getting used to accept the cultural differences. Racela’s income is also stable, being rather low for the Western World, though reliable in Asia. Finally, living in Thailand has shaped Racela’s personality and helped her become a better, more intelligent, mature and sophisticated person. The three years spent in Thailand has surely been valuable, though being offered a new job in Hawaii, Racela is not sure whether she should continue her stay in Thailand or return to America.
2. Problem Statement
The main question that Racela has to answer now, is whether she is willing to stay in Thailand and try to integrate more in the society and struggle achieve what she has not yet achieved, or if she should go back to the United States and take up a new job there. What makes Racela’s decision rather hard to make is that she has got too many pros and cons for both options. Weighing up all pros and cons is vital for Racela because the decision she makes would influence her life and wellbeing in the few years to come.
Analyzing the dilemma Racela is facing we see that this is a usual dilemma one comes across in professional life. Racela feels that she is not ready to leave Thailand, that she is not done with it, though at the same time there are many things she is unhappy there about and would be happier living in the country she was actually born. Indeed, the choice is not easy.
Being a foreigner especially in a country so culturally different from the United States of America is frustrating. I must emphasize that relocating to the foreign country and leaving behind, one’s family, one’s home, one’s language is always hard, but it is especially so, when the new country has absolutely nothing in common with the home country. Racela does not speak the language and even if she takes up learning it she would never speak it and be so comfortable using it as a native speaker or at least a person on the native speaker level. The language problem makes it very hard for Racela to integrate into the society and feel at home in Thailand. This is so because not many people speak English, thus making friends is rather challenging, and even with those Thais who do speak English connection would not be complete unless Racela fully and deeply gets to know Thai culture, and most importantly, the language.
Additionally, life in Thailand is rather stressful for Racela. Without a shadow of doubt, every person who is in social medium experiences stress. Though, it seems that Racela is overwhelmed at times by the fact that she does not have a car and has to use the public transportation that limits her freedom. It also strikes her that the working style in Thailand is very different from the one she is used to in America. On top of that, she feels that she works flat out but she still is not fully motivated...