Kao Pen Krai (Who is She?)
I joked with a friend on Facebook that anyone who has any designs on this teen singer should check her IC first. But seriously, the issue of morality and being “underage” is really quite subjective or even Farang in origin. I hope we don’t make complete fools of ourselves, judging maturity from numbers alone, protecting the young but equally guilty and throwing so many talented people in jail.
In Thailand, the kids, especially the girls, are taught simple survival skills of acting subservient and showing reverence for elders, stroking their ego to get what they want or have things their way. Of course, the laws here also protect minors, but people generally understand that circumstances can vary. Girls as young as 14 can be such great manipulators that adults are sometimes the naive ones.
Peun Mai Tee Mai Sanit (New Friends Who Are Not Close)
You may want to check his IC for a different reason – to make sure he’s male. Seriously, the boy has grown up in recent years and he’s a lot more manly now. And make no mistake, these MVs are no child’s play. They have millions of hits on YouTube. In contrast, most of our local performers’ amateurish productions are a real shame. Why?
1. The lack of total commitment (too many other commitments) on the part of the artist
2. The lack of commitment from supporting talent
3. The lack of local market/support.
Sponsorships are not the solution. Government funding gets us nowhere. What we need is a complete change of mindset. Grades aren’t everything.
Perhaps even more pressing, is the major food crisis we’re facing now as many of our local dishes are going to be lost because old hawkers peter out with no dedicated successors. For all we know, we may have plenty of char kway teow talents struggling to pass their N Levels for the second or third time. If only we take 行行出状元 seriously.