Hundreds of teenagers gathered at the Pro Dot Com Court on the third floor
of Kad Suan Kaew on Thursday for the J-Street CM Cover Super Live –
Red/White Project. The event attracted teenage fans of Japanese and Korean
culture from all over Chiang Mai.
Mai teenage girls dress as Japanese singers and celebrities at the J-Street
CM Cover Super Live – Red/White Project.
Many of the participants at J-Street dressed in costume as their favourite
Japanese singers, celebrities, and cartoon characters. Also featured was
dancing to Japanese and Korean pop songs and stalls selling Japanese and
Korean pop culture merchandise.
Japanese and Korean trends have an enormous influence over Thai teenagers
and thousands of shops across the country are dedicated to selling Japanese
and Korean movies, music and comic books. Predictably, concerns have been
raised regarding the effects of foreign cultures on Thai teenagers and the
importance of keeping Thai culture and traditions intact.
A father of one of the participants who was present at the event said that
he let his daughter take part in J-Street as she enjoyed this kind of
activity. He regarded it as an opportunity for his daughter to meet new
friends who shared similar ideas and interests. He went on to say that
although his daughter was always well-behaved, previous to her interest in
Japanese teenage trends she had always followed Thai fashions.