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  • OPINION

    Intangible heritage stands up to scrutiny

    News, Published on 15/12/2018

    » The recent 2018 inscriptions of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) on Unesco Lists has raised again global awareness about variations of masked dance in Southeast Asia, which retell the story of Rama, the Vishnu-reincarnated king who defeats the demon king Ravana.

  • OPINION

    Shared items with no sole 'owner'

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/09/2018

    » Over the past weeks, social media has buzzed with a number of Khmer netizens jittering over Thailand's registration of khon masked dance performance as intangible cultural heritage with Unesco.

  • OPINION

    'Khon' dance no reason for discord

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/12/2018

    » Members of the public this week rejoiced as the <i>khon</i> mask dance earned global recognition with Unesco adding it to its cultural heritage list after a long wait.

  • LEARNING

    White-masked robbers

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 25/06/2013

    » It didn't take long for criminals to find a use for the Guy Fawkes white masks worn by the anti-government 'V for Thailand' group.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Into the light

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/04/2019

    » Transgender drag queen Angele Anang lowered to the floor as she was pushed around and thrown away by a group of masked men. Her wig was removed. Nude, she crawled to her father, who was sitting nearby. He put a white flowing dress on her, crying as he did so. Angele, then bald and in white, went back to fight the masked men, over whom she proudly triumphed.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Let's get political (art)

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 08/03/2019

    » With the upcoming general election finally happening on Mar 24, the fate of the city hangs in the balance of voters hoping for some actual policy changes that leans toward democracy. However, some may express scepticism and while expressing one's doubts and criticism could be met with scorn and censorship, there are a few people who have expressed their opinions in other forms -- namely street art. Enter Headache Stencil, an anonymous masked political painter whose art usually deals with Thailand's recent social and political happenings.

  • NEWS

    The story on the wall

    Life, Tatat Bunnag, Published on 12/04/2019

    » Despite the fact that the whole story of the Thai classic literature Ramakien and its characters Phra Ram, the Monkey King Hanuman or the 10-faced demon Tossakan have been depicted as mural paintings along the surrounding walls at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha since ancient days, not everyone today could claim to know the entire story or remember every character in the epic, derived from the Indian epic Ramayana.

  • NEWS

    The return of royal khon

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 26/09/2018

    » The wait is over for the return of the annual khon masked dance. The much-loved performance by the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (Support Foundation) of HM Queen Sirikit under the Reign of King Rama IX will make a comeback at the Thailand Cultural Centre from Nov 3 until Dec 5, this time featuring an episode called The Allegiance Of Phiphek.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Grand finale

    Life, Published on 23/10/2017

    » A basketball court at the College of Dramatic Arts in Nakhon Pathom has been used as a temporary stage for practising nang yai (grand shadow play) and khon masked performances over the past week.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Subversive, perverse, funny, honest?

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 10/03/2017

    » Joan Cornellà's art isn't for the sensitive of heart. Masked in bright colours and empty smiles of his characters, his comics are vile, controversial, politically incorrect and uncomfortable. But to the right kind of person, they're absolutely hilarious.

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