I just got a call from our friend Henry, who had gone to Thailand. It may be 7 AM here but it's 10 PM there and the place is hopping!
He said that his niece (a musician) had a new hairstyle - it had carvings on the side like a rapper. He said she had a Peace Sign on one side and I thought, well, that's cool. Then he said, "On the other side, it's a swastika." Wow. He said that kids there don't understand what it means and it's just a cool-looking symbol that they have on their jackets etc. "I hope they don't run into any Jews," he said. I don't think they realize they have constant coups and live under practically a military dictatorship either, though their food is good.
I went to the internet to check it and found ..
The writer first thought Thai teens with swastikas had been sold them by creepy foreigners. Then he started seeing more and more of them. It was always a punky, scruffy looking male (Henry's niece is a punky, scruffy looking female but she's also a lesbian.) Others had artsy Hitler faces in psychedelic colors. His explanation is that the kids just think the shirts look bad-ass like the Jolly Rogewr or Darth Vader's helmet. They don't know history. There is actually a swastika type symbol in Buddhism, and also in one of the US Southwestern native religions (it may be reversed in direction) but I don't think that's what they are referencing.
Other writers find that Thai youth actually have fake Nazi rallies and scooter bike clubs, with teen female Nazi auxilliary cheer leaders in Third Reich regalia. Dolls. It's tacky, tasteless - and something is wrong with the educational system. Millions died under the Nazi regime and these kids have no idea - it's comic book stuff to them. On the other hand, it is not so different than some of the stuff I see in video games that kids show me here in the US.
Pattaya provides unbelievable nightlife opportunities. One should experience it at least one time in his life. Ok, it is easier for me as I am still single :p
There is only one thing that make me crazy: Nazi items on sell and people wearing them!
I saw a stupid farang wearing a ww2 german helmet and riding a moto with the nazi swastika stamped on it.
I saw a stupid guy from middle-east wearing proudly a T-shirt where was printed the nazi swastika and the german iron cross.
I saw a thai girl on walking street wearing a red armband with the nazi swastika.
Why do people in Thailand think that wearing nazi stuff is fashion?
Not just Thailand - reports from Japan and Korea are not hard to find, and in the US, Skinhead fashion had a recent resurgence. As far back as 2003, a Hong Kong store was showing Nazi propaganda film in its Nazi-themed premises, and came to the attention of Jewish Groups and had to stop. It looks as though Nazi chic peaked in Japan and Korea in about 2005-2007 and then moved on to Thailand, where it's been building up over the last 3 years or so. There are also actual Nazis in these countries, but the teens can not have a very good conception of what they are doing.
Nazi Fashion in Asia - Stormfront (this is a "White Power" site, so they enjoy this)
Punk rockers like Siouxsie Sioux, Sid Vicious and John Lydon used, and were photographed using, the Nazi version of the swastika for its shock value, notwithstanding that both Siouxsie and Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols' manager, were Jewish. In January 2005 there was much criticism when Prince Harry of Wales, third in line of succession to the British throne, was photographed wearing a full Nazi attire including a swastika armband to a fancy dress party.