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    Molam's mass movement

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 07/11/2014

    » 'Molam can't be tamed," so the old saying goes. The years have certainly proven this true. From now until the end of March next year, the Jim Thompson Art Center presents "Joyful Khaen, Joyful Dance", an exhibition tracing the development of molam from its ritualistic roots in Isan, through its passage as anti-communism propaganda, to its current place in pop culture, where the once rural music is played to the cool or even international crowd of Bangkok.

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    Finland's world-beating education systemoffers lessons for Thailand

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 28/10/2014

    » Besides Marimekko, Nokia, Moomin, saunas and summers without darkness, Finland is also known for its excellence in education. In 1968, the northern European country went through a major educational reform. In the following decades, Finnish students consistently achieved the highest, or near highest, average results in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa).

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    Spinning the Isan narrative

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 10/12/2014

    » Maitree Siriboon's latest series of work currently on exhibition at Whitespace Gallery was conceived during his art residency at Thaillywood in Chon Buri earlier this year.

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    By the Dear Leader's side

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 16/06/2014

    » Kim Jong-il owned a small white Maltese with a curly coat. He wore high heels with an inner platform. He couldn’t have been more than 1.6m tall without the shoes, even shorter than Napoleon Bonaparte. Contrary to the knowledge of the average North Korean, he did use the toilet.

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    Recipe for democracy

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 30/04/2014

    » Pro-government poet Mai Nueng Kor Kunthee was shot on April 23. By April 24, artist Sinsawat Yodbangtoey had posted a political cartoon on his Facebook page, featuring his staple character Jao Klae, with the words “Blood stains can’t be cleaned with blood… Please note”. Jao Klae, a child with two ponytails, raises his palm, as if demanding, “Stop!”

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