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Long Read: Forty-two years with the Force

This essay will not be spoiler-free.A long time ago … and the galaxy might as well be far, far, away because I’m not a quantum particle and so my consciousness is stuck for ever on a swath of spacetime that moves...

Auschwitz of the Thais

For the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we visited Auschwitz to reflect on its history and how it ties to us as Thais.We’ve all seen it; we’ve all seen the pictures. But it’s different when you’re here....

Helena’s Journey

Some years ago, when the Terminal 21 shopping mall was new, I spotted a statue of Adolf Hitler in front a clothing store, dressed to look like Ronald McDonald.  Around the same time, I learned that there had once...

Plastic is precious

The government’s ban on plastic is a positive step in the right direction. Before the ban, Thailand was using over 70 billion plastic bags every single year. But can we do more? Of course we can, and there are many people...

Trash Mountain, a story of severe waste mismanagement

An overcast sky looms over Beung District in Sri Racha, Chonburi Province. Birds swoop over a landscape of green – green patches of land, green ponds. But there is something not quite right about the colour. The dark green...

Somtow: We protect the veneer of culture without diving deeper

As part of our podcast network, we interview influencers and intellectuals that shape Thai and Asian culture. Our first podcast featured writer and composer Somtow Sucharitkul and his thoughts on Thai Culture, his music and science fiction and society....

OPINION: Thailand’s government must not waver on its refugee policy

Thailand suffers from a mixed reputation when it comes to its protection of refugees and asylum seekers. While the country was once considered a safe haven for refugees fleeing armed conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar, in recent years, refugees...

Why we write

There comes a time when starting out on any venture where one has to justify the new course that has been taken. So indulge me for a second, dear reader, to explain why we at Thai Enquirer feel that there is...

Thailand’s gay community has a representation problem

‘Never Apologise’ is a series of guest columns by Pangina Heals focusing on LGBT issues and entertainment in Thailand.Coming out is difficult and different for everyone. There are a whole series of issues that factor in the timing, the...

Statement at the launch of Thai Enquirer

Thai Enquirer’s Editor-in-Chief Cod Satrusayang’s speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand on 8 January 2020.I sit before you today not as the editor of a news website, not as a journalist who has covered this region for...

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