Money Lon Would Send Hum 2250 Fscj Module 6 Only

Money Lon Would Send Hum 2250 Fscj Module 6 Only

Money Lon Would Send Hum 2250 Fscj Module 6 Only

Please have read “ONLY 13” before or have access to do so. Unable to find a digital version to share with you.

Based on your readings of the book Only 13 please answer the following questions and submit your questions to the Discussion Board Module 6

Please post your answer to the following question (your answers can be short, please consider the total word count). Please feel free to incorporate information from the article”Prostitution and Women’s Right in Thailand”

a. What is life in Isaan like? What do we learn about the social structure, in particular as it relates to gender? Please provide at least one example from the book.

b. What role does education play in Lon’s as well as her family’s and friends’ life? Please provide at least one example from the book.c. What is the motivation for Lon to join the sex industry? Please provide at least one example from the book.d. What emotional toll does it take on Lon? Please provide at least one example from the book.e. What can you say about Lon’s interpersonal relationships to males (sexual, romantic and non-romantic). Please look in particular at Cedrik, Tony, Johan, Jürgen, Andy, Dave, Jorg, Jimmy, and John. What is Lon’s motivation to maintain these relationships and how do they end? Can you divide these characters into groups?

f. What do we learn about the sex industry and sex trafficking in Thailand? Please provide at least one example from the book.

g. What do we learn about Lon’s family ties and what role do they play in her life? Please provide at least one example from the book.

h. What is the experience of Lon living abroad? Please provide at least five significant examples from the book.

i. What do we learn about Thai society in general (e.g. corruption, superstition) through Lon’s story? Please provide at least ten significant examples from the book.

j. What are Lon’s plans and hopes for the future?

Please post a thoughtful, insightful and substantive response (2 replies) to the posting of other students.

First Person:

  1. Life in Isaan is very hard. It is a rural poor part of the country. Most families live together in a one room home. The parents usually leave their children with the grandparents or other family members so they can seek work in other parts of the country. Boys are spoiled and girls are usually the providers for the family. Lon’s brother, Banya did not have to help with chores and would only do so if he wanted to where as Lon was required to help her grandfather in the morning and to also fetch water for the family everyday. All throughout the book it was mentioned that the money Lon would send home would go towards something for her brother and not her sisters.
  2. Education was hard to come by in Isaan. If you wanted a good job in a factory you had to have at least a 9th grade education but parents had to pay for that education. Usually people stop going to school after 8th grade because they cannot afford the fees to continue. If
  3. Lon joined the sex industry because she wanted her mother to accept her back into the family and to do that she had to give her mother the money her father would have made. Her mother would only accept her back if Lon could give her enough money to “make face”.
  4. Not only was she selling herself but she was also constantly being asked for more money from her mother, who did not care about how Lon was making the money as long as she still sent it to her. She was very depressed and hated herself for doing it so she worked hard to make sure her sisters would not have to drop out of school and they could get their education.
  5. Lon’s only used men for money. She looked at men to see which ones she could get the most money out of. She knew she would never go with a thai man and would get the most money out of a farang. She had few relationships with males that were more than just using them for money. She loved Johan and was very depressed when he left her, she loved Dave as a friend that would help her anytime she needed help and she loved Ken who helped her after Andy left her and she lived with him. All of the other men were just people she used to get what she wanted, money!
  6. The sex industry and sex trafficking is something that is not unusual in Thailand. Although Thailand officials have tried to make the world think they are against it, they have done nothing to help their people. Thailand makes most of its money from sex tourists. Policemen would look the other way when they would see older western men walking with very young Thai girls where it was obvious that they were prostitutes. Page 117, Pattaya was a sex tourist paradise.
  7. Lon is the provider for her family. Once she started sending home money her mother quit working and they all lived off Lon. On page 116 her sister and brother got into a motorcycle accident and her Lon’s mother asked for money to replace the motorcycle but not to pay for her sisters hospital bill.
  8. Lon loved being abroad where she could see a doctor and make money by not having to sell herself but she still desired to move back to Thailand and start her own business. She had a lot of ups and downs and would go back and forth between wanting to stay out of Thailand or going back. By the end of the book she wanted to go back to Thailand and be with her family.
  9. Lots of corruption, the schools wanted more money to send the kids to school after 8th They would make up extra fees and make it near impossible to poor people to get an education. They wanted the poor to stay poor and the rich to get richer. There was no middle class. It was believed that if a girl works hard and makes a lot of money that they will be a man in their next life. Boys were revered and had an easier life while the girls had to do whatever they could to “make face”. The culture that Lon was born into says that you are not in individual person but one unit with your family. Whenever she was shunned she had to do anything in her power to get back into the family or else she was not a real person. She sold her body to get back into the family and did not think anything was wrong with it because she wasn’t a part of a family and had to do anything to get back into it. She even married men that she did not love so they would pay a bride fee for her. She would still send money even after she moved away and even after she knew her mother was using her, she did not care.
  10. Lon wants to get out of the hospital and move back to Thailand. She also has started giving to charities that will help girls like herself stay out of the sex industry. She hopes her story will allow people to see what it is like being an Isaan girl and trying to provide for her family and how important education is.

Second Person:

  1. Isaan is a “small, humble, and sleepy village” within the Northeastern part of Thailand in the Ubon Province. Boontah’s home was slightly bigger than four walls, had a floor full of holes, and a rundown roof. The holes in the roof allowed them to see the stars in the sky at night and feel the rain in a storm. It was a one-bedroom “wooden shack” with barely any furniture, and what was there should not even be considered furniture, a hole in the ground for the bathroom, and tub of water they used their hands to scoop over their shoulders for a bath. Where their village was, like all other poor villages, was on a dirt and unpaved road that had “little infrastructure, and adequate school system, and no activities or facilities for children to play.” She stayed in one of the poorest rural parts in Northeastern Thailand. All of Isaan was drier and produced poor crops with too much rain drowning them or too little rain causing a drought, which made farming very difficult and a hard to be successful career. This then led to huge debts and financial obligations to which led to their ruin. One or both parents often left in search of job opportunities in bigger cities, leaving the kids with their grandparents. Young boys and girls also left the villages to gain employment in big cities seeking a better life. Boontah, the oldest female, was responsible for working and doing the heavy lift chores on her own, since her brother’s “education” was more important for him. When things went wrong, she always bore the wrath of her family, even if it was not her fault. Her brother was the “golden child,” while she was the troublemaker which led to much abuse. The school transportation did not come and pick up in the poor villages, so no matter how far away the school was, the children were expected to walk there and back. Her mother made her quit school because her brother was the only one able to gain an education. Females had little value to their families. Page 35 tells us that rural poverty and limited education leave basically no options for the daughter to support her family. The daughters are obligated to care for their parents and then to show gratitude to them.
  2. A lot of poor girls quit school by force by the sixth grade. Education for boys is a general policy in Thailand. “In the city, the inequality in educational opportunities results in illiteracy rates of 17% for girls and 6% for boys.” Provinces always have a shortage of teachers and the Buddhist monks give a religious education to boys only. “The national dropout rate in 2003 for students between the sixth and twelfth grades was 52%. In the provinces, it was over 80%.”
  3. On page 25, Lon went to Bangkok to earn money to buy her family’s forgiveness and love since they blamed her for her father’s death. She thought this would gain her a place in her home again. She also wanted to send her sisters to school, for them to have a better life than she.
  4. On page 34 we see her first time where during she blanks out to not remember and immediately after she went to the bathroom and threw up. She says that every day after this, she had to fight the sickening feeling that filled her mind, “saddened her heart, and stole her spirit.” She says that she lost herself in which she paid the ultimate price to support her family. On page 40, Lon said she was embarrassed and ashamed, and she felt very dirty, even dirtier than the men she was with. Her self-value was destroyed, her self-esteem was buried and she felt worthless in her soul. She was heartbroken and overwhelmed by the feelings that did not allow her to bathe the dirt away. She tried committing suicide because she was exhausted with prostitution and the men.
  5. Page 161, Lon tells us that she was willing to put her body and soul through all types of things with all types of men, usually old men, in order to put her sisters through school, improve her family’s home, to be allowed to go back to her family, and to be loved and accepted. She could never be in a loving relationship because those relationships did not provide enough money to satisfy her mother’s greed and taking advantage over her own daughter being poor and happy over her being in a dangerous and money filled relationship. These relationships normally ended when the men would return to their own country, the money would dry up, or she left for better opportunities. I do not think you can divide these characters really, especially in the beginning because they were not interested in her to love her, to really care for her emotionally, mentally, spiritually as they should have but only physically to satisfy their needs.
  6. On page 29, the text box says that about 30,000 Thai girls go to Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, and Chiang Mai for the tourist trade. Even more in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia who go to seek out foreign tourists instead of locals in hope of finding one for marriage. Prostitutes in brothels of Thailand and Southeast Asian countries seek locals for pocket change, or to pay family debts. Many young virginal females often sell their virginity for a high price, if their lucky to a foreigner, or to a local for a lower price. Page 167 tells us that in Bangkok and throughout Thailand, the police were the ones who owned the brothels full of underage girls.
  7. We see this on pages 42-43. Since birth, the poor women of Thailand are “brainwashed” by their culture to dishonor themselves and do whatever it takes to take care of their families. They are not taught self-esteem or self-value. There is a saying that women are “buffalos,” while the men are humans. The only value in a female is seen in her labor. Lon saw that her only value to her mother was in the money she would send back. This was her only value to her entire family, to which we see play out when she stops sending money home and her mother “disowns” her again and then her mother gives the land Lon’s grandfather gave to her for inheritance, to her brother “since he has a family.”
  8. What is the experience of Lon living abroad? Please provide at least five significant examples from the book. One, she missed the sticky rice, som-tum, spicy food, warm weather, and nightlife. Two, she did not like not having an income, even though she was married and being taken care of, without the money she felt like she had no freedom. Three, she did not like being home the whole time with Cedrik’s mother, who always wanted to talk and was always looking/waiting for her to come through the door. Fourth, Switzerland was much cleaner than Thailand, with the streets being swept free of trash and all the buildings with fresh paint. Fifth, Switzerland was way colder and more expensive than Thailand.
  9. One, the corrupt officials are not forced to resign and have no punishment for their crimes, they are simply transferred or put in an inactive post and they continue to receive salary, sometimes more than what they made before. Two, Thai men view prostitutes as a normal way of life which leaves no room for change in the culture. The women would rather their husbands see prostitutes, than for them to have “minor” or second wives. Third, there is a sexist double standard where a man can get away with doing all these things to his wife, including murder, while a woman receives the harshest punishment. A man can even commit spousal rape and it will only be a violation. Fourth, the police are guilty of trafficking, accepting bribes, owning brothels, rape, and murdering victims. Fifth, no official or government employee are convicted of trafficking the immigrants that are in their care, illegally brought into Thailand. Sixth, many Thai families, especially the poor, exploit their children, mainly the daughters, in order to fund their greed. Seventh, children who have been sold to a begging gang are forced to sell flowers or other tokens and are beaten, starved, or tortured if they do not meet their quota. Eighth, there is an anti-slavery law, but abusive employers of child workers are never legally punished for enslaving human beings. Ninth, there are parents who sell their own children into sexual or job slavery in order to buy drugs, gold, consumer goods, etc. Tenth, the Thai police were found to have been turning a blind eye to underage girls working in massage parlors of a rich Bangkok businessman.
  10. Lon intends to live her dreams, while finally knowing her value. She wants to help other young Isaan girls feel the way she does now and know their self-worth and self-value.