Posts Tagged Southeast Asia

Williams up against youth in WTA finals

SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams will play two of the tour’s young rising stars in the round-robin stage of this year’s WTA finals in Singapore.

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Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

In this Sept. 26, 2014 photo, Thai actress Pimthong Washirakom poses after an interview in Bangkok, Thailand. Up-and-coming starlet Pimthong's debut role as a dangerously beautiful "bad girl" who gets raped in the soap "The Rising Sun" aired last month. Pimthong said that filming of the scene, in which a police detective locks her in his office and rapes her, took place after the girl's rape on the train in July. As the cameras rolled, she broke down in tears. A recent real-life rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train in Thailand has focused national outrage on Thai popular culture, and particularly TV soaps for sending messages that trivialize - and some say encourage - rape. (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)

BANGKOK (AP) — In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera “The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and they live happily ever after.

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