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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on the life story of a 21 year old Thai bar girl

She is only 21 years old but already has 4 ½ years of working as an “entertainment provider” under her belt.  Now fluent in both English and Thai while studying Mandarin Chinese, this confident young lady and I sat down this week for a cup of coffee and she told the entire story of her […]

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Nightlife in Taipei… what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger

At an estimated 2.5 million people (and an almost unbelievable 25,000 people per square mile), Taipei’s gotta have some entertainment options. We here at WoWasis don’t have much left in the ear department after our visit to Taipei’s Brown Sugar bar, and we’re still trying to get our stomach back in order after an hour […]

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WoWasis sex book review: Lujo Bassermann’s ‘History of Prostitution’

We here at WoWasis were skeptical at first: would this be just another titillating tome, or would there be real substance here?  We were thrilled, because Lujo Bassermann’s The Oldest Profession: A History of Prostitution (1967, ISBN 0-88029-248-2) is scholarly, well-written, and readable. And it’s not a history of prostitution so much as it is […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on Western men who’ve lost perspective on Thai women

One of the most amusing aspects of living in Paradise is watching the bizarre antics of the western guys here in regard to their relationships with the ladies.  At any given period of time one can see a 55 year old man being reduced to a sniveling, emotionally distraught 5 year old boy by a […]

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WoWasis book review: ‘Ying Yang: The Chinese Way of Love’ by Charles Humana

Upon reading Charles Humana and Wang Wu’s The Ying Yang: The Chinese Way of Love (1971, SBN 85523 019 3), it’s pretty apparent that the Chinese have been studying the art of love-making for a long, long time. This fascinating book isn’t merely about sex positions, either. Here at WoWasis, we were transfixed and mortified […]

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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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