By Asia Media staff writer Brian Canave (pictured above) — Amid all the articles and columns published in the world, with topics ranging from technology to the latest fashion, we have for you a golden beacon of hope: a column exemplifying journalism’s sense of social responsibility at its best. Well-known…Full Article THAILAND: Canadian Columnist Explains Complexities of Political Asylum
A conference recently held in Thailand for more than 600 Thai educators and teachers promoted the encouragement and motivation to overcome educators’ fear of using English in the classroom. A model known as the English for Integrated Studies (EIS) demonstrates that teaching in English makes the language more accessible to…Full Article THAILAND: You Can’t Teach English if the Teachers Fear it!
The Thai National Science and Technology Development Agency’s (NSTDA) goals are to support research in science and technology and their applications in the Thai economy. To promote this goal, the NSTDA, in unison with Samart Corporation, launched the Samart Innovation Awards under the theme of Tourism Software Development. The so-called…Full Article THAILAND: Offering the Tourist a Warm Techie Hug
Making headlines across the world, 20-year-old Kanthoop, a Thai university student, faces up to 15 years in jail for defying one of “the world’s strictest pro-monarchy regulations, which sentences anyone who insults, defames, or threatens the king or his family to three to fifteen years’ imprisonment.” “Article 112,” as the…Full Article THAILAND: Police throw the Facebook at 20-year old Student
The following review by well-known author Tom Vater (“Sacred Skin — Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos”) of “Navigating the Bangkok Noir”, a book of paintings by American artist Chris Coles, is reprinted from a leading-edge website about Thailand (www.thedevilsroad.com). The review by Mr Vater reads: “Producing great art in Thailand is difficult.…Full Article BOOK REVIEW: A Portrait of Thailand’s True Soul
Thailand’s media has been obsessing over an alleged hotel meeting between Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and four business leaders on February 8, 2012. Before leaving for a one-day visit to Malaysia, the Prime Minister responded to journalists about the controversy claiming the meeting was open and “in fact, the media…Full Article THAILAND: Media Controversy Ends Up A Mountain Out of A Molehill
I was recently given the opportunity to interview longtime journalist and editor David Armstrong. The course of his career has led him to traverse the Asian landscape, from Australia, to Hong Kong, and currently to Thailand. Among his many prominent posts, he has been Editor-in-Chief of both The Australian and…Full Article WE ASK/THEY ANSWER: ‘THE GREAT (AND NOT SO GREAT) OF THE MEDIA OF THE ASIA PACIFIC’ An Exclusive Interview with Celebrated Career Editor David Armstrong
Former Thailand prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, loved and loathed across his homeland, makes for a fascinating target of former Los Angeles Times columnist Tom Plate’s professional – and always gracious, although sometimes fawning – curiosity. Unsurprisingly, Conversations With Thaksin: From Exile to Deliverance – Thailand’s Populist Tycoon Tells His Story is unavailable in the kingdom, though not yet subject to an official ban.Full Article ASIA BOOK CORNER: In Review of the New Book “Conversations With Thaksin” by Tom Plate
Many are speaking out against the Thai government’s “One Tablet PC per child” policy, which gives first grade students their own laptop at school. In an attempt to prove the soundness of their policy, the government chose five schools to partake in a pilot-study in which they were given 600…Full Article THAILAND: Do Tablet PCs Really Make the (First) Grade?
We commend the editors of The Nation in Bangkok for their MEET THE EDITORS video feature. It appears from time to time via the home page of the leading English-language newspaper in Thailand. Seeing is believing, and the sight of the paper’s top editors honestly struggling to make sense of…Full Article KUDOS CORNER: “The Nation’s” Meet the Editors Video Features
61-year-old Ampon Tangnoppakul, described by The Bangkok Post as having a “slow walk, bent back, white hair, and blurry eyes, ” has found fame in Thailand for all the wrong reasons.Full Article THAILAND: The Lesser Majesty of the Law
The film “Yes or No” — Thailand’s first lesbian film — has been chosen to open the 22nd Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film festival in Hong Kong alongside the Vietnamese film “Lost in Paradise.”Full Article THAILAND: Thai ‘Yes or No’ Will Open Gay Film Festival
The Ministry of Culture recently passed an amendment to the Printing Act of 2007 that makes the national police chief head of Thailand’s censorship board. The Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English-language daily newspaper, referred to this move as “a step backwards and aimed at empowering the government to take complete control of the media.”Full Article THAILAND: Transfer of Censorship Powers to Police Criticized