Originally Posted by mausgras
Here in SE Asia
class distinction is very strong and rather inflexible. Business and politics is very much about status and connections for the nationals.
and to be fair!, that attitude is based on pragmatics - if you are at the bottom of the social strata a racing
certainty that you either lack the education (and possibly also the social graces! - just because "we" westerners can't tell the difference between peasant and middle class (nor care) does not mean that the locals don't know and
care - within 0.2 seconds of meeting!) or the contacts to be of much use for jobs above your present (and family) status.......and likely both.
Me own tended to confuse other locals
, dressed like tomboy, the mannerisms of a thug - but also had a good (formal) education behind her so spoke well. But she got away with acting like this because she could - mostly from respect, the scared end of
- from self in latter years but kicked off from family.........but not everyone in that part of the world gets to write own rules
. Was quite an eye opener to chat to locals about family history
- and that went both ways, for them the fact that my own have had various ups and downs in fortune over the centuries was of interest (the DOJ's have never seemed to "know their place"
).....and I have always been on the "Why the f#ck not me?" end of life, an attitude I did my best to share
The goods news is that the world (at least in much of SEA) is moving on........the price
of that is more social unrest as folks question the status quo and then change it ("Why have I
got the sh#tty end of the stick?"
Anyway, not much of a thread topic to drift off from