The shirt shown below (from the Minnesota State Fair) reminds me that my American friends ask me if Thai people believe Americans are stupid. Why? because of political and cultural degradation in states like Wisconsin and (especially) because the US has allowed the Orange Menace to rise in power. 

The answer is no, Thai people in our part of the Kingdom don’t think of Americans as stupid … they don’t think of Americans at all. Most of our students couldn’t find America on a map. Or any other country, except Thailand and its immediate neighbors. They’re aware that America exists because of marketing and branding. People are alert to the existence of the ASEAN countries, but America, Europe (notably Germany and its history) the Mideast and Africa are not much more than vague concepts.

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