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King Bhumibol Adulyadej 1927-2016

  A few selected links from Denis Gray, Paul Handley, and Christine Gray reflecting on the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol after a 70 year reign: Denis Gray described his encounter with Bhumibol on a trip up north with him: The king clearly savored such encounters, bantering with rural dwellers and trying to solve their…


Kurosawa critiques

Fascinating film commentary by Tony Zhou in the following film clips. Film critic Jonathan Crow @jonccrow offers a bit of context: “Compared to Ozu and Mizoguchi, Kurosawa’s movies are noisy, masculine and vital. Unlike Ozu, he didn’t challenge Hollywood film form but improved on it. Born roughly a decade after the other two filmmakers, Kurosawa spent his youth…


The Future of Thai Politics at the FCCT

The Future of Thai Politics talk at the FCCT on March 11th with • Alongkorn Polabutr, senior member of the National Reform Council & former deputy leader, Democratic Party • Chaturon Chaiseng, former Education Minister, Pheu Thai Party • Kasit Piromya, former Foreign Minister, Democratic Party • Phongthep Thepkanjana, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Pheu Thai…


Ajan Cha (1979) BBC Documentary

I spent about three days at Wat Pha Nanachat (วัดป่านานาชาติ), the international forest monastery in Ubon Ratchatani several months ago and it was quite the experience, though difficult to maintain coming from a world of distraction.  This monastery, or wat, was the fruit of Ajan Cha, an eminent monk of the Thai forest tradition.  The…


Thailand’s Tainted Robes by Pailin Wedel

  A brilliant video about Buddhism in Thailand.    


Final Round Up from the Protests

    Now that things have settled down a bit I decided to comb through my twitter timeline of the protests and display a few photos and tweets.  I have also retrieved an interesting interview with a prominent Thai academic, Professor Likhit Dhiravegin, who, in my opinion, spoke most intelligently about the protests.  He spoke at…


Thailand Anti-Government Protests Interviews December 2013

Thailand Anti-Government Protests Interviews December 2013 from Mark Moran on Vimeo.


Buffaloes, Crabs, Lizards: Thai protests October-November 2013

 Thailand is a land in perpetual protest about, well, just about everything.  Thai protests bring new meaning to the expression “24/7” as their stages don’t stop at all during these protests.  It’s all day and all night talking, speaking, cajoling, screaming, singing.  Thailand also brings an entirely new meaning to the Occupy Movement where one…


John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 


Censor Must Die showing

A chance to see Ing k’s and Manit’s Censor Must Die playing November 5th-November 9th at the Friese-Greene Club on Sukhumvit 22 next to the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel.  I liked it so much the first time I saw it I’m going again.  Info below about the film from the directors:   When fear rules…