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    Imitation, fantasy, flattery

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 28/05/2014

    » Somewhere in Thailand stands a replica of the Trevi Fountain. Somewhere else in Thailand, Rodin’s The Thinker sits pondering his epic poem in front of the Gates of Hell.

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    Raising the yellow flag

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 30/09/2014

    » The sky above Chinatown is blocked by a dense layer of yellow flags and lanterns and banners; the air heavy with grease from industrial-sized frying pans. Navigating Yaowarat with any form of transportation, on foot or on a bus, during the past week has been more chaotic than ever. The annual Vegetarian Festival, which ends on Thursday, is celebrated not by just believers, young and old, in white and in every other colour, but also by the media and sponsors ranging from banks to amusement parks.

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    Drawing upon days past

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 22/10/2014

    » In her current solo exhibition "Days Of (Endless) Meaninglessness" at 100 Tonson Gallery, Phaptawan Suwannakudt draws on the emotions she experienced during a visit home last December to create five triptychs and a video. She looks at Thailand, her home, with nostalgia as an emigrant and unease as a citizen. Here, she is at once an insider and an outsider.

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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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    Rite and wrong

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 16/01/2015

    » Theravada Buddhism is a man’s religion. Thai women have never had an official place in the faith — this is obvious in both theory and practice.

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    Supporting the team

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 17/01/2015

    » Jeerapat Yamsri had just returned from Singapore for a family vacation over the New Year holidays with her family, her phone full of photographs of mascots from Universal Studios — close-ups of their feet, Shrek’s butt, a Minion’s goggles, a few pictures of her three children with the gang from Sesame Street.

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    Now, Still Showing

    Life, Pimrapee Thungkasemvathana, Published on 27/02/2015

    » In 1978, Sutin Wangpaibul lived next to a temple in Thon Buri. He was in Prathom 5, and each Friday he would rush home to complete his homework so he could go to the open-air movies at the temple grounds in the evening.

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