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  • OPINION

    Late King's wishes for Thai children

    News, Published on 12/01/2019

    » As Thailand celebrates National Children's Day today, I wish to share my recollection of a memorable audience with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his profound message and wishes for the children of Thailand and the world. I had the great honour to meet the late king on Nov 12, 1998. I was then serving as Unicef's regional director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. The occasion of my audience with the late king at Chitralada Palace was to accompany visiting Unicef executive director Carol Bellamy. Also accompanying us was the late Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan. ​

  • BUSINESS

    Better to give ...

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 03/07/2017

    » Asians are generous by nature when it comes to donating to worthy causes. Religious giving is mostly informal but is often the starting point for philanthropy on a broader scale in Taiwan, China, India, Myanmar, Singapore and other countries.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Full circle after 24 years

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 28/08/2016

    » Greetings from Nakhon Pathom. This week your favourite columnist finds himself in a hotel room for five days in this little town just west of Bangkok. "Little town" is hardly a good description, though it was certainly that way when I first visited here a quarter of a century ago. Bangkok has since extended her tentacles, swallowing up the likes of Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Minburi.

  • LEARNING

    Father of rural healthcare

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 17/06/2011

    » As Dr. Sem Pringpuangkaew turns 100, a review of his life reveals a history of rural medicine in Thailand during the 20th century.

  • LEARNING

    Decentralise to save Southern Thailand

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 20/05/2011

    » Savage beheadings, car bombs and attacks on monks, all driven by an "endless cycle of revenge," must end.

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