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    Tied to a Sino past

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 04/05/2015

    » The unavoidable and never-failing icebreaker -- do you have any Chinese blood? -- will always have its place in Thai society. Yet it's also something of an empty question, believes Singaporean author Jeffery Sng: "By the time Phibunsongkhram changed the country's name to Thailand, the Thais were already so mixed that it was hard to find anyone 100% Thai."  

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    Books of secrets

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/11/2016

    » Pintima Lertsomboon, a librarian at Thammasat University, remembered trying to work on Oct 14 in order to soothe the bereavement brought by news of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol. Her task as librarian usually offers her peace of mind. She has been tasked to separate the cremation books out of 10,000 rare books in the library, putting them in their own category.

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    Finding inspiration in the classics

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 22/08/2016

    » Media gurus love to harp that print media is a sunset industry. Few of them can offer a solution. Yet editors and publishers see where the tide will turn when they look at Atikhom Khunavuth, journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of Way Magazine. The 46-year-old always looks at the publishing scene with insight and perspective; he moved his magazine online while turning his monthly print version into a thick quarterly volume for subscription only. Respected as a man with content, Atikhom shares his reading list.

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    Political musings

    Life, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Politicians are sometimes regarded with disdain, but Asst Prof Trirong Suwankhiri from the Democrat Party is often exempt from such an unfriendly regard. The public, especially those who have grown up observing the politics of the 1980s and 90s, remember him as "Doctor Sam Sri", which refers to the meaning of his name -- "the Thai flag with three colours". A true orator, Trirong's parliamentary debates were full of humour and gags and delivered in his signature thick southern accent. What sets him apart is not just his comical nature, but his relatively corruption-free image.

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    Watching history unfold

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/04/2015

    » When Vitthya Vejjajiva said he was going to write a biography of Phan Wannamethee — diplomat, Red Cross chief, former Free Thai Movement member and ex-permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) — he received encouragement from everyone except his subject.

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    Smiling in plain view

    Life, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 08/10/2014

    » It's very rare for him not to smile. He smiles when he speaks. In fact, he even smiled when he was hauled into a police truck on the night the military announced Thailand's 19th coup. He also smiled — as some photographs showed — when he was subsequently brought back twice to a military camp.

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    The art of exile

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 28/06/2017

    » The snowy mountaintops of Sweden, France or the United States, painted on Paphonsak La-or's canvases, aren't dispatches from the artist's overseas travels.

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    Fundamental, Stick Figures win big

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 21/04/2017

    » Theatre artists from 17 productions were nominated this year for the IATC Thailand Dance and Theatre Review, which took place on Tuesday at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). Now in its fifth year, the ceremony is hosted by the International Association of Theatre Critics Thailand Center. The casual and intimate event honours plays, musicals, and movement-based productions by artists residing in Thailand.

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    Cool finds in Chiang Mai

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 11/11/2016

    » We're not just about the "new". We also dig the cool, the fun, the funky and all things slightly hidden from plain sight. So we did a little detour, stepping into one or two "just-opened" venues and we also honed in on some less-discovered (but totally awesome) places. We tried, we tested and we even got a bit lost trying to find some of these hidden gems. So without further ado, dear readers, here are our top Chiang Mai picks for this year's winter season.

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    The private and public pain felt around the world

    News, Published on 16/10/2016

    » From Sydney to San Francisco to London, the pain of thousands of Thais living across the globe was clearly felt after His Majesty's death was announced on Thursday.

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