Ken Lohatepanont

Ken Lohatepanont is a writer and commentator based in Berkeley, California.
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Opinion: How did we let Thailand become a country with no hope?

The concept of Gross National Happiness is well known, as a fun fact that has become a staple of introductory economics classes.“Gross National...

Editorial: Thailand’s worst coronavirus surge so far puts the government on the line

On April 8th, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was about to enter a van, he gave some brief remarks to the press. The coronavirus...

Vice tried to alter history with photoshopped Khmer Rouge victim photos

Altered Khmer Rouge victim photos were falsifying history I didn’t think too much of it at first when I first opened Vice’s article on the...

Opinion: A Thai reflection on the rise in Asian-American hate crimes

Last May, Thai-American actor James Tang tweeted, “My mom said we should speak Thai in public so we don’t get targeted for speaking Mandarin.”...

Analysis: Thailand’s 2021 municipal election results show local politics trumps national trends, again

Thailand held its long-delayed municipal elections this past Sunday. This was the second round of local elections, following the polls held last year for...

Opinion: Constitutional reform efforts staring at a dead end

The Constitutional Court’s recent verdict on the legality of constitutional amendment seems straightforward at initial glance. Any effort to write a new constitution, it...

Opinion: Thaksin’s complicated legacy under re-interpretation

I was in first grade when I woke up, one fateful day in 2006, to go to school. Alas, school was cancelled. A military...

Opinion: Government’s vaccine strategy must remain under scrutiny

In Thai, there is an oft-used phrase: tok ma tai, “to die after falling off a horse.” It is an idiom that describes how...

America’s primacy in ASEAN is over; ‘The Longer Telegram’ completely misses the mark

On January 28th, the Atlantic Council published “The Longer Telegram”, written by an anonymous author described as a former senior government official with extensive...

Myanmar’s coup is a reminder of democracy’s fragility

In 2014, the Thai military launched a coup and democracy was suspended. In 2015, Myanmar held an election that was convincingly won by Aung...

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