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Sex and Health in Southeast Asia

Bangkok, Thailand


Professors Dredge Kang
Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., August 4, 2018
Arrival: Sun., August 5, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., August 6, 2018
First Day of Class: Mon., August 6, 2018
Last Day of Class: Fri., September 7, 2018
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., September 8, 2018

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on Sunday, August 5, between 9:50 pm and 1:20 am, in order to take advantage of airport pick up. Students who arrive outside of these hours will receive instructions on how to make their way to your program housing independently.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Thursday, January 11, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    CET Teaching Lab, Literature Bldg. 210
  • Thursday, January 18, 5:00 to 6:00 pm
    Special event at the LGBT Resource Center

Why you should go

Sexual Health in Bangkok focuses on efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS among sexually diverse populations in Bangkok. We will begin by examining broader issues around gender, sexuality, and power in Thailand. How many genders are there in Thailand? How is sexuality shaped by ethnicity, religion, class, and other factors? What are the effects of imperialism, militarism, and globalization in the Thai sexual economy? We then focus on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and key affected populations such as female sex workers, gay men, and trans women. In particular, we focus on the role of social inequality in the spread of HIV/AIDS. We will consider how unique the Thai situation is and how appropriate it is to use Thailand as a global model for HIV prevention.

This is a hands-on seminar and we will use the location to its fullest extent. Bangkok is one of the most exciting cities in the world and a great place to people watch. During the course, we will practice field observations with various populations and visit several organizations at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Thailand. Assignments will culminate in grant proposals. Along the way, we will visit the “AIDS temple” in Lop Buri, see a fabulous “ladyboy” cabaret in Pattaya, and eat delicious Thai food at places like Condoms and Cabbages. Students will experience “Amazing Thailand.”

Who should go

This course is ideal for students who are interested in the intersection of gender/sexuality and global health from a socio-cultural perspective. The course fulfills requirements for numerous majors (anthropology, global health, public health, critical gender studies) and is designed for students who want “on the ground” experience with practical applications.

Meet the professor

Professor Dredge KangDredge Kang is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Affiliated Faculty in the Global Health Program, Critical Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Transnational Korean Studies at UCSD. He is an anthropologist who specializes in gender/sexuality and medical anthropology in Thailand and Southeast/East Asia. His research focuses on beauty and love as they intersect with race, class, gender, sexuality, globalization, and structural violence in body modification and interracial relationships. Dr. Kang has also worked extensively in HIV prevention, testing, care, treatment, community organizing, organizational capacity building, and research at numerous community organizations in the US and Thailand and at UCSF. He is an excellent cook and more than happy to share dining recommendations in Bangkok.

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