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04 January 2013 :: 17:01:08 pm 70038

Foreigners Rip Hazing Ritual at Thai Universities

The Thai version of hazing freshmen at universities is stupid and a barbaric form of bullying, according to several foreigners attending Thai colleges. Their negative comments in the social media made it a recent hot topic.
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Thailand – January 2, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; a reporter observed that a current topic generating arguments in the social online networks is the “SOTUS” system of freshman hazing at Thailand universities.

SOTUS is an acronym that stands for: Seniority, Order, Tradition, Unity, Spirit. Hazing rituals may include seniors requiring the freshmen to perform actions like singing school songs loudly in public, or performing calisthenics.

Defenders of the practice says it creates school spirit and respect for upperclassmen, as well as creating stronger bonds between the beleaguered freshmen.

But its detractors say that Sotus is a barbarous and uncivilized practice that has no practical use on a college campus. Such hazing does not develop critical thinking skills, which a college is supposed to do. As with American colleges, there is also the potential for abuse that may result in students being harmed.

For its defenders, the Sotus culture is an ideal system to train the attitudes of the university students. It has been found in some Thai universities to help fulfill the objective to let younger students pay respect to the senior students and teachers, and also to love the university and their major of studying, which will cause harmony between groups of students.

The current Sotus controversy started after a Facebook fan page of the ASEAN Community posted a story about a recent hazing ritual that described the freshman engaging in “boom shouting” and singing school songs to cheer the graduate students.

But some foreigners who witnessed similar hazings were irritated enough to post negative responses, such as, “Please give clarification to me — does the forcing of young students to shout like this, does it help to cause any development of education and thought ?”

The foreigner further states, “This picture showed Thai culture clearly because however, Thai students are not motivated to think, or is it Critical Thinking ? Thai children still are not allowed to decide how they should get dressed to school.”

Other comments made by foreigners included, “Sotus culture is stupid and uncivilized,” and, “Sotus is a barbarous culture that diminishes of the dignity of humanity.”

One foreigner stated, “To pay respect to the senior students in Thailand, the newcomer students have to throw away their prestige. Let’s think how a barbarous tradition like this destroys the people’s prestige.”

“Sometimes it is sorrowful that someone thinks that this behavior is so smart and wants to announce to the world to acknowledge, it is so embarrassing for them,” he said.

“Many things that are called Amazing Thailand are actually very embarrassing, and are more like problems in this country,” another foreigner posted. “I directly say that nothing is Amazed at all.”

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