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WoWasis book review: ‘Japanese Street Slang’ by Peter Constantine

Why buy a foreign language dictionary when one doesn’t speak a word of the language in question? When it’s as fun to read as Peter Constantine’s Japanese Street Slang (2006, ISBN 13 978-0-8348-0250-6), that’s when. First published in 1992, the book has never been out of print, and even has a 2011 edition (we found […]

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WoWasis on Thai nightlife: Texas Lone Star in Bangkok closes for good

Bangkok’s venerable Texas Lone Star Saloon closed its doors this week for good. A Washington Square institution since 1985, the bar actually had its beginnings in the late 1970s, when George Pipas opened the Texxan Bar on Patpong Road. The ‘Lone Star,’ as most people referred to it (it was actually spelled Lone Staar on […]

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WoWasis Book review: Timothy Hallinan’s ‘Queen of Patpong’

How does one really judge the entertainment value of a book? Timothy Hallinan’s  book in the Bangkok Fiction genre, The Queen of Patpong (2010, ISBN 978-0-06-167226-2), caused us here at WoWasis to ask, and here’s why. We finished this 312 page book, the latest update in the ongoing saga of travel writer Poke Rafferty and […]

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WoWasis book review: Longstreets’ ‘Yoshiwara: City of the Senses’ of Tokyo

Yoshiwara was a district in Tokyo famous for adult entertainment options. Formalized in the 17th century, it thrived as a sex center until 1958, when prostitution was officially banned in Tokyo. Published in 1970, Stephen and Ethel Longstreet’s Yoshiwara: City of the Senses (no ISBN) is a history of the district, its culture, practices, and […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on American wives and sponsoring Thai women

Recently I have started to think that perhaps I need to work on my people skills.  Now, I have to say that I have never been the most diplomatic guy, and one of the things that I love about living in Thailand is the total lack of political correctness that is so pervasive in the […]

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WoWasis Reports: Apartment Asian Massage Parlors (AAMP) in North America

Today, your WoWasiscorrespondents visit North America to report on Apartment Asian Massage Parlors. Also, read the WoWasis post on commonly used AAMP acronyms relating to practices at North American massage parlors).  AAMPs, as they are commonly known, are most typically found in large apartment complexes, although a few “float” in hotels. Part of the service consists […]

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WoWasis wordsmith: your sex ad acronym dictionary

We’re always curious as to what the English language has in store as it relates to adult-themed material (read our post on the origin of the word punter, meaning one who buys the services of women).  When western men return to their own countries, they often peruse online sex ads, looking to recreate a bit […]

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‘Pilgrimage,’ a short story by Steve Rosse

Note: this is a short story from Steve Rosse’s new book, She Kept the Bar Between Them. Read the WoWasis review of the book here.  Pilgrimage The lights of Bangkok’s skyline slid up the taxi’s windscreen like a meteor shower in reverse.  Murray’s eyes felt cleansed by the sight of it.  The sound of the […]

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WoWasis book review: ‘Red-Light Nights, Bangkok Daze’ by William Sparrow

When we here at WoWasis first saw William Sparrow’s Red-Light Nights, Bangkok Days: Chronicles of Sexuality Across Asia (ISBN 2008, ISBN 978-981-08-1076-4) at our nearby bookstore, our first thought was “sheesh, who needs another book about sex in Asia?” Fiction and non-fiction books on sexual themes involving Southeast Asia no doubt number in the thousands.  […]

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How can I tell ladyboys from ladies?

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: How can I tell ladyboys from ladies? Dear Pa Farang, I do not remember where it is, but I seem to remember that somewhere in your blog is a story of a gentleman who discovered his Thai girlfriend (who he was living […]

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