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Admit it, your online self is appalling; stick to these three netiquette rules

As a nation, we consider ourselves to be very polite, considerate and respectful of elders; keeping sarcasm, negativism and critical thoughts to ourselves. While commendable, these manners that have been beaten into us by our elders exist only in...

The BIG Interview: Zakariya Amataya

Zakariya Amataya is an award-winning poet, Thailand’s first Muslim to win the prestigious SEA Write award, a community leader and an editor. The Narathiwat-born writer has spoken on what it means to be Muslim in Thailand, the Melayu identity...

Thailand cracks Pornhub’s top twenty list despite government efforts

Thailand's finally made its long awaited debut on Pornhub's Top Twenty Countries by Traffic's list in 2019, rising six spots to claim seventeenth place.That places Thailand above Russia but underneath India and the Ukraine, on the list compiled...

How Thai language reinforces hierarchy and perpetuates social divides

Despite having never really been educated in a Thai educational system, Thanyarat (not her real name) grew up believing she was a proper and proud Thai -- born and raised.That belief, however, was soon challenged on the first...

OPINION: Independent filmmakers need more support from the government

For young people in Thailand, independent film is a relatively new phenomenon. Not until “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” became the first South-East Asian film to win the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival...

OPINION: Why the Future Forward Party dissolution may actually strengthen Thai democracy

“So this is how liberty dies,” Senator Padme Adimala says when Palpatine declares himself absolute monarch, “with thunderous applause.” Deep anger and disillusionment rippled across Thai social media today, as the quote was shared across the Thai twitterverse and Line...

Time to oust outdated Thai traditions

Thailand is modernizing at an incredible pace. Social media and online interactions have deculturized younger generations of Thais from the traditional past causing far-reaching ramifications both politically and culturally.Yet one can’t help but feel that this younger generation,...

Lydia: Having a daughter changes everything

Pop sensation Lydia Sarunrat Deane joins us to talk about raising a daughter and the challenge that women face in Thailand.When I had Dylan, my son and first child, the world was full of opportunities. My husband and...

Catching up with Phum Viphurit

We met up with Phum Viphurit to learn more about his journey as an independent artist and how this soulful crooner became Asia’s latest sweetheart.If you don’t recognize his name, you’ll recognize his voice. Before his hit song “Lover...

Meaning behind the mask; why the face mask is promoted in Asia but shunned in the West

Back in December 2019, I visited my sister at her workplace at a small elementary school in Bangkok. That day, the “red flag” had been raised in front of the school, indicating an unhealthy concentration of PM 2.5 in...

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