—————Equality is an empty word written in the constitution. What we say and do each and every day defines who we are: we Thais are not equal. Government Spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana called it:“A familiar relationship between boss and underling.”“An affectionate and playful family thing.” He is absolutely correct. Thanakorn also
——————–Everyone’s news consumption motto should be this: When Pheu Thai is in power, watch Top News. When there’s a military or military-backed government in power, watch Voice TV. Ideally, every news media must provide checks and balances on the government, every government. But ideal and reality are two different things.
The opposing sides of Thailand’s political divide have found a common cause: Do not let foreigners buy homes and lands. The sentiment is pushed by news headlines that bold the word “ขายชาติ” (to sell the country; traitorous, betraying one’s nation). We imagine 1972’s “Fist of Fury,” in which Bruce Lee
Culture is mix and match and ever-evolving. If we are obsessed over “who owns what,” we then fall into the trap of nationalism, ethnocentrism, and racism—the devolution, not the evolution, of humanity. Nonetheless, we should recognize history. Regarding the inadvertent war our 13 September article “What cultural ownership does Thailand
Pranpriya Manobal or Lisa Blackpink is one of the biggest K-Pop stars in the world. She’s also Thai. On 10 September, she released her much anticipated solo single “Lalisa.” It already has some 117 million views. And, of course, controversies ensued. The single features the chorus line, “Protect it like
On 21 July, Minister of Digital Economy and Society Chaiyawut Thanakamanusorn said: “Celebs, stars, and influencers are public figures who the people love and trust. So please, do not use your position to attack the government as this constitutes distorting information and making fake news on social media.” Dear minister,
There’s nothing like a crisis to reveal your true self, and COVID-19 is such a crisis. The 5 June article by The New York Times, “After lavish nights of clubbing in Bangkok, a Covid outbreak,” quoted former politician Chuvit Kamolvisit, who captured the essence of the unbearable hypocrisy in our
The Miss Universe Pageant has varying degrees of importance in different societies. But for the people of Thailand, the Miss Universe Pageant is like the World Cup Finals or the Super Bowl. We are passionate about it, and we unite behind our Miss Universe Thailand. This year, however, the above
“Sinful desserts” is a saying that describes the deliciousness, yet unhealthiness, of desserts. In Thailand, however, we take the meaning quite literally. Thailand’s National Office of Buddism is a wealthy and powerful institution that police all monks and temples, not to mention the people’s morals. The military and the police
Pimry Pie is an online celebrity and businesswoman who enjoys doing humanitarian work but seems to always get into trouble for it. Over the new year, she installed solar cell panels for a remote village. It caused embarrassment for the government, which said she overclaimed the solar cell panels’ costs.