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Kathoey

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Thailand vs. ‘Kathoey’| 2 november
2010

Table of Contents

I. Introduction………………………………………………………………………………....3
I.I. What is ‘Kathoey’………………………………………………………………………….3
I.II. How does one become ‘Kathoey’?....................................................................4 II. Power distance index (PDI) in ‘Kathoey’ culture…………………………..5
II.I Power distance in the workplace…………………………………………………..5
II.II Power distance in religion…………………………………………………………..6 III. Masculinity vs. Femininity in ‘Kathoey’ culture…………………………7 IV. Uncertainty Avoidance in ‘Kathoey’ culture………………………………9 V. Individualism VS Collectivism…………………………………………………. 11

V.I Family………………………………………………………………………………………... 11
V.II Personal life, behavior and state…………………………………………………. 12 VI. High/Low Context…………………………………………………………………….. 15 VII. Monochronic/Polychronic People……………………………………………. 16 VIII. Conclusions……………………………………………………………………………….. 17 IX. Planning…………………………………………………………………………………….. 18 X. Reflections…………………………………………………………………………………. 19 XI. Sources……………………………………………………………………………………….. 21

I. Introduction

Our choice of country is Thailand. In this report you will find all the research we have conducted on Thailand, with the focus on ‘‘Kathoey’’, also known as ‘Ladyboys’. Our goal in this report is to find out how far the ‘Kathoey’ micro culture differs from the Thai culture, using Hofstede’s five dimensions and theories.

The reason why we have chosen Thailand and ‘Kathoey’ is because there is a lot of information circling around the Web and libraries. Before we came to this subject we discussed the country El Salvador, but soon we realized that there was too little knowledge from our side and too little information to be found to actually make a sufficient report. Therefore, we decided to discard the idea.

Nowadays the ‘Kathoey’ are getting more and more acknowledgement in the world. In 1996, a volleyball team composed mostly of gays...