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Transgender individuals (people who identify as a different gender than their assigned sex) face many challenges in Asia. They face discrimination and abuse because of their gender identity. They are often not accepted by the communities they belong to and end up living on the streets or working as sex workers due to a lack of support and opportunity.
A recent Google search of “transgender” and “Asia” yielded more than 540,000 results; that is an increase from previous years when around 500,000. This shows how much the world has grown to accept transgender individuals.
Some of the challenges they face include discrimination, lack of employment opportunities, and difficulty in gaining healthcare facilities. The culture is usually male-oriented, so women struggle to gain acceptance into society because it is tough to find jobs or enroll in schools.
Not only are there struggles in their personal lives, but they also have to deal with the violence against them. There is a massive stigma behind transgender individuals, which leads to hate crimes and physical harm done to these communities.
These challenges cause many people, especially young trans-women, to end up on the streets or turn to prostitution to support themselves.
There are several different terms for transgender women in Asia, but they all refer to the same thing. - Transwomen can be referred to as ‘kathoey’ or ‘ladyboy,’ used by some Westerners who have visited Thailand and Cambodia. - Some might also call them hijra or eunuch if they have visited India. In Indonesia, transgender women are known as waria, a combination of Wanita and Pria’s Indonesian words. This term is also used by non-Indonesians who visit this country for work or travel purposes.
Research done by the Asian Development Bank on transgender women has made headlines in recent weeks. The responses from people worldwide have been mixed, with many praising the survey for being one of the first to address this topic while others are unhappy about their own country being mentioned because they feel it is not representative. This infographic message is brought to you by MyLadyboyDate and they would like to know your thoughts!
This article will discuss some of these reactions.
What do you think of the study? Is it representative or not? What would be a better way to find out about trans women’s experiences and how they are treated in different countries around Asia?
How do you think this will affect trans women from those countries? If it is not representative, does that mean they have to keep having the same experiences as before?
What about if some of these results are true and it’s very hard for them in their country because people don’t accept them as transgender or even men? Does it mean they just have to keep on hiding?
What about the trans women from Western countries who might think that being transgender must be accessible in Asia because of what this study showed. Does it make them look down upon Asian trans women or say things like “it’s better here” when applying for jobs and such compared to in their own countries?
Do you think this study will change how trans women are treated in different Asian countries, or do you think it’s just a statistic that won’t really affect these people’s lives much? Are there new things we should be doing to help them instead of studying what they go through every day?
Does this study not represent trans women who go through the same experiences no matter where in Asia they live, even though some of these countries might be more accepting than others? Is there a way to make every single Asian country 100% completely accepting of transgender people? How do you think we can do this?
Is it fair to only talk about the bad experiences trans women go through in Asia? What are some of their favorable experiences? Do you think this investigation will change anything for them, or do you feel they would have had these same adverse reactions even if there was no research on them?
If you were a transgender woman living in Asia, would you be happy that the study was done? How do you think this will touch your life and how people treat you?
There are many different reactions to the survey on trans women living in Asia. What’s yours? Let us know! We’d love to hear from our readers!