The state of LGBTI in Thailand: Tolerated, but still not quite accepted

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 17, 2015 It pays to be welcoming and tolerant – that piece of mundane everyday wisdom especially applies if you’re the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). In one of its few moments of actual good marketing, the TAT launched ‘Go Thai. Be Free’. a couple of years ago. The campaign … More The state of LGBTI in Thailand: Tolerated, but still not quite accepted

ThaiMiniCult’s newest puritan crusade targets underboob selfies

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 19, 2015 Thailand’s overzealous cultural watchdogs made international headlines again this week, and as usual for entirely the wrong reasons. This time, they have targeted yet another apparent online phenomenon: Thailand’s military government warned women on Monday against posting ‘selfie’ photos of the lower half of their breasts – … More ThaiMiniCult’s newest puritan crusade targets underboob selfies

Thailand threatens to sue Singapore for ‘stealing’ Songkran

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 19, 2014 As April approaches again, so is the traditional Thai New Year’s festival known as “Songkran”. Many Thais will take the days off and travel to their families, conduct merit-making and/or join in the fun of splashing each other with water – which has arguably taken over … More Thailand threatens to sue Singapore for ‘stealing’ Songkran

Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 5: What else happened in Thailand…?

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 31, 2013 This is the final part of our Siam Voices 2013 year in review, as we look what else made headlines in Thailand in the past 12 months – including the strange, outrageous and ridiculous. You can read the previous parts here: Part 1: Politics – Part 2: Lèse Majesté & … More Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 5: What else happened in Thailand…?

Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 4: Hey, teachers! Allow those kids to grow

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 30, 2013 In the penultimate part of the Siam Voices 2013 year in review, we look at an important but often neglected issue: education As regular readers may know, we often have talked about Thailand’s lagging education system, which has a lot of problems in a lot of … More Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 4: Hey, teachers! Allow those kids to grow

Thailand: Uniform protest student accused of insulting monarchy

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 17, 2013 On Monday we reported on the Thammasat University student and her provocative poster campaign against student uniforms. Now, the controversial student known as “Aum Neko” is facing more trouble: A TV show host has accused the student known for her campaign against mandatory uniform wearing of … More Thailand: Uniform protest student accused of insulting monarchy

Racy posters spark uniform debate at Thai university

Originally published at Siam Voices on September 16, 2013 The ongoing debate on student uniforms takes a racy turn, as one student’s poster campaign challenges the necessity of uniforms at Thammasat University. They’re a common sight everywhere you go: young women in white blouses and black skirts or young men in white dress shirts and black dress pants, … More Racy posters spark uniform debate at Thai university

The fight against Thailand’s archaic and militaristic education system

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 31, 2013 We have previously highlighted the dismal state of Thailand’s education system and have explored the various reasons for its failures: from ridiculous questions being asked in the annual O-Net tests, questionable standardization of these tests, to poor PISA scores, horrendous English-language training and thus proficiency or virtually non-existent sexual … More The fight against Thailand’s archaic and militaristic education system

Thai documentary on Preah Vihear border conflict banned

Originally published at Siam Voices on April 24, 2013 A Thai independent documentary about the disputed border region with Cambodia and the ancient Hindu temple Preah Vihear has been banned from screening in Thailand for “national security” reasons, according to the filmmaker. The movie “Boundary” or “ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง” (literally “Low heaven, high ground”) by Nontawat Numbenchapol revolves … More Thai documentary on Preah Vihear border conflict banned