Navigating across the Realities and Morals in Thai Yaoi Series and Their Probable Use as Instructional Materials
25 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2022 Last revised: 10 Oct 2022
Date Written: October 3, 2022
Today, the Thai Yaoi Series (TYS) has started gaining popularity in the Philippines. Due to their unconventional palate offering, these television shows entice a wide range of viewers to indulge in their social themes. The task is to confirm what life episodes lie in those series, as these are avenues of learning. Nonetheless, these series do not only offer entertainment, but also values acculturation; thus, they are prospective materials for instruction. As they present realities in the present-day Thai society, they serve as vessels in promoting values from the conflicts within homophobic societies. Research confirms that TV shows are powerful agents of instruction and social change; hence, each series must be written and aired with utmost care.
This study used exploratory sequential mixed methods. Using content analysis, the initial qualitative study examined the critical reflections on the implied realities and morals in TYS through character analyses. These thorough analyses were made by 30 participants who watched TYS. Furthermore, the following are the study’s emerging themes: (a) Community’s suffering sources; (b) self-motivation and altruism through love; (c) communication as a conflict solution; (d) harmonizing understanding, acceptance, and respect; (e) transfiguring negative to positive attitudes; and (d) contemporary community’s perspectives. Moreover, in the final quantitative survey conducted among 99 teachers, it was found out that ironically, while the participants consider the study’s emerging themes as probable contents for teaching, the use of TYS as instructional material to teach such contents is still not accepted. This investigation aims to provide insights crucial for instruction and social issue solutions and to contribute to the reservoir of Thai Studies.
Keywords: Critical reflections, instructional materials, Thai Yaoi Series
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