在泰國工作顯得吃香是近幾年的事。隨著 ASEAN 的崛起，AEC（東盟經濟共同體）的啟動，具地理優勢的泰國始嶄露頭角，尤其在臺灣，東協（東盟）這個詞彙掀起一股熱潮，媒體開始關注往外發展的年輕世代。而一般大眾過去對泰國的評價僅停留在人妖、泰國浴、落後…等刻板印象，也瞬間有了翻轉。
此次封面故事，VISION THAI 看見泰國 訪問了來自馬來西亞、寮國、中國、臺灣的年輕朋友，他們各自從不一樣的地方來到了泰國，成長環境讓彼此視野不盡相同。相同的則是，他們選擇了「跨越」。不眷戀舒適圈的美好、不沉溺小確幸，看到機會，跨出去；遇到困難，跨過去。
In recent years, working in Thailand appears to be an advantage. With the rise of ASEAN and the start of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Thailand has begun to emerge because of its geographic advantage. The term “ASEAN” has gained widespread popularity especially in Taiwan. As a result, the media has started to turn the spotlight on young people seeking opportunities overseas, and away from Taiwanese business tycoons.
On the other hand, the general public’s impressions about Thailand have changed and are no longer confined to negative stereotypes such as ladyboys, Thai soapy massages, and an underdeveloped country. As Thailand is taking its place on the world stage, the young generation who left their countries to work in Thailand can finally have their voices heard.
In the cover story, VISION THAI interviews youngsters from Malaysia, Laos, China and Taiwan. Although they came from different backgrounds, they all share one thing in common: they chose to step across the border, literally and figuratively. Instead of remaining confined in their comfort zones or indulging themselves in small happiness, they step across obstacles when they see opportunities.
Nowadays, it seems we are living in an age of all kinds of terms starting with “cross”: cross-platform, cross generational, cross cultural, cross-industry, and cross-disciplinary, just to name a few. Although advancement in communication technologies has brought information at our fingertips, there seems to be more opportunities and yet the opposite. Therefore, there is no choice but to take a leap forward. Only through stepping across can we transcend and then achieve excellence.
Are you ready to take a step across?
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