In the last weekend, I interviewed my mother via the phone (she lives in Chumphon) about cultural changes. She said that there were many things changed but the most obvious field is clothing- it isquite different from the past. Men, in general,wore loincloth (pah-kah-mah), woven (pah-tor) and cotton shirts while women wore wrap-around skirt (pah-sin), Sarong,and long cotton skirts. When she was young, she wore round-necked sleeveless collar(Krachao shirt)with Panung. There were no shirts, T-shirts, jeans, synthetic fiber, or shorts. Furthermore, people were likely to wear in the dark tone, for instance, black, brown, and dark blue but her closet now is teemed with the colorful clothes. People carried the Rattan basket (ta-ka-wai) so as to go shopping at the local market but at the present time people carry leather handbags instead. Moreover, women always wore silver jewelry but they prefer to wear gold Ornamentsand diamond in the present day. She also said that people in the old days are taught to preserve their purityand it is not accepted to show your body – if you want to wear skirt, it must be covered to your legs and there were, of course, no camisole or strapless dress. She emphasizedthat the dress code changes followed the introduction of media, especially television – after watchingthe modern clothes, girlstried to dress so and it spread quickly around the village. Additionally, I asked her about did she want to live like in the old day, she said that she desired society to keep being nice when people are lovely and more kind but she cannot deny the numerous convenience made by technology.
In my standpoint of view, it is good to be modern and trendy after introducing of technology. Needless to say, media influences us unintentionally. When we watch television or video via Youtube about news or music, we are learning culture through the dress code people wear, way of life people do and things people interest.In addition, something unacceptable in the past may be attractive nowadays and vice versa.As a new thing exposesto other people around the world, it is interpreted differently. However, the word “Change” is not synonym of the word “Good” because people may forget the fact that they have own cultural heritage. Change takes time and time also causes change - culture cannot be replaced by new one overnight. Thus, even though people nowadays are able to dress like they want, it is still limited bynorm of each society. At my hometown, for instance, if you dress like Madonna and walks in market with her boyfriend, you will be stared by the other people and your parents will know about her inappropriate behavior. This scenario will not take place in America or Japan.What is accepted in one culture might be offensive in another culture. Eventually, media is one of the important factors that influence culture but the process of change takes time and be adopted differently depending on cultural flexibility in each community around the world.