The Culture Blog

Opinion: Universities must also become an outlet for students voices

This week, faculty at Chiang Mai University seized the artwork of several students for their political nature setting off a national firestorm about the nature of art and the rights of students to express themselves.The students had created...

Tom Yum Goong, Thainess, and the culinary history of a national staple

This past Tuesday, the cabinet gave the green light for the Ministry of Culture to move forward with proposing “tom yum goong” as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) recognized dish, according to the Minister of Culture Ittiphol Khunpluem.The...

[Update-1] Three-year old allegedly sexually assaulted by a preschool teacher

A three-year-old child in Ang Thong was allegedly sexually abused by her preschool teacher to the point of injury, local media reported on Thursday.A doctor confirmed she had suffered intimate injuries, and the family approached the police.“I am heartbroken...

Opinion: Innovation is key to solving Thailand’s problems but a mindset change is needed first

At the turn of the 19th century, the major problem facing cities across the United States and Europe was manure. As horses were the main means of transportations for most people at the time, there was a large build...

Siamese Satirist: Pakistanis and Gulf emigres question stop anti-asian violence campaigns

Emigres from Pakistan and the Arabian Gulf that have settled in the United States are puzzled by an ongoing, viral campaign to stop "hate against Asian" that has been ongoing for the past few weeks.As Asians that have...

Opinion: REDEM or UFTD, the outside world just sees violent protesters

In one of his older songs, Takeover, Jay-Z once wisely opined, “A wise man told me don't argue with fools. Cause people from a distance can't tell who is who.”Jay-Z could be paraphrasing famous American satirist Mark Twain who...

Voices of solidarity from Myanmar after crackdown in Bangkok

Despite the ongoing and bloody crackdown against Myanmar protesters by the military junta, the people of Myanmar took time over the last 48 hours to express solidarity with their Thai counterparts.Thai security forces violently crack-downed on a pro-democracy...

Opinion: In the Milk Tea Alliance, is there no room for solidarity with Thailand’s Southern Provinces?

The Milk Tea Alliance has drawn considerable international media attention, first in solidarity with the citizens of Hong Kong as they peacefully confronted the political, economic, and social integration of Hong Kong into mainland China. It swiftly came to the...

The Milk Tea Alliance welcomes West Papua

It is an unlikely combination: the white stars of the West Papuan and Myanmar flags, side by side.“West Papua Stands with Myanmar,” the sign said, posted by activist Veronica Koman. In another poignant picture, a small group of...

The Chinese model is not for Thailand

“China is a market economy and a vibrant market economy, but it is not a capitalist country. Here is why. There is no way a group of billionaires can control the politburo as billionaires control American policymaking. So in...

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