Date of Graduation

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)


College of Arts and Sciences


International Studies

First Advisor

Quỳnh N. Phạm

Second Advisor

Vijaya Nagarajan


This thesis analyzes the structural factors that provide meaning and space to performances where violence is served as entertainment. What are the structural conditions that turn gendered and racialized violent forms of display into enjoyment? By exploring the sex tourism in Thailand, particularly ping-pong shows, I will analyze aspects of international political economy and feminist studies to address forms of display based on the abjectness of the other. I argue that sex tourism in Thailand is not part of local culture but is upheld by imperial hegemonic perceptions of the colonized and gendered bodies. The perspectives of Orientalism, patriarchal systems, and neoliberal dynamics between Global North/South are the factors that justify exploiting tourism and performances. This thesis ultimately addresses not only Thailand but worldwide responsible tourism and politics that, by not approaching social problems as an intersection of economy, race, and gender, will continue to stigmatize and exploit vulnerable groups.