THAILAND: FIRST TO DISCUSS THE TABOO?

YANISA LELAPINYOKUL WRITES – Shawatida “First” Kuptawatin – internet star, noodle restaurant owner, and a transgender woman – is taking a stand against Thailand’s strict social class system. In a September 6 Facebook live video (2 million views and counting), First talks about dealing with rude customers at the restaurant she owns. First is known for her elegance — fancy clothes, fully made up face. But on the occasions when she steps out of that persona into a simpler one, customers, she says, perceive her as inferior. Despite their ill manners, First says she feels compelled to serve them....

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