Buddhism and the Spirit Dance (Fuan Pii)
Fully dressed up in ancient Mon attire like women mediums with flowers decorating their heads, sometimes smoking cigarettes and mostly drinking alcoholic beverages, the group of gay, transgender, and queer people have been gradually taking over the role of mediumship in the spirit dance in Northern Thailand, known as Lanna
LAST MONTH IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA - September 2022
Tidbits from last month in Asia: Vietnam becomes part of the UN Human Rights Council, while China holds its 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.
Two years of opposing the system: An overview of the Thai political protests 2020-2022
Since February 2020 Thailand has seen continued protests led by Thai Youth. With demands reaching from reforms of the educational system to demanding reform of the monarchy, the protests have shooked Thailand's politics and society at its core. This article gives an overview of what has happened in the country over the last two years.
LAST MONTH IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA - February 2022
After a long winter break, we are finally back to deliver news on recent events. This weeks featured stories: The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, former South Korea president Park Geun-hye pardoned, the Hong Kong elections, Japan's controversial travel ban and diplomatical developments between Thailand and Saudi Arabia.
LAST MONTH IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA - December 2021
In this last month's news review, we present a double feature on two important rulings from the Thailand Constitutional Court on the monarchy, and on same-sex marriage. Also featured: Japan's Lower House election results, the new joint U.S South Korea war plan on North Korea and the passing of South Korea's former dictator, Chun Doo-hwan.
Khao San Road and the historical development of one of Bangkok’s most famous streets
Thanon Khao San road may be Southeast Asia's most famous street. Known as backpackers paradise, hundreds of thousands tourists visit the street each year. While you may not be able to visit Thanon Khao San at the moment, join us on a journey to see how the street became a tourist mecca.
Last month in East and Southeast Asia - April 2021
This month's mix: unending turmoil in Myanmar, bilateral talks in Washington and architectural discussions in China. Aaaah, and the Oscars of course! And Thailand's new bid to revitalize tourism.
Last month in East and Southeast Asia- November 2020
The Milk Tea Alliance: HK and Thailand united in protests. And economically: after years of negotiations, the RCEP sees the light. Rocky elections in Myanmar.
Last month in East and Southeast Asia- October 2020
Back in Thailand for the ongoing protests. North Korea's showcase of nuclear might. China's swift economic recovery. Press-freedom repression in Vietnam and...a shaking food cult in Japan.
Last month in East and Southeast Asia- September 2020
Vehement protests in Thailand, diplomatic tensions in Beijing and tensions in Myanmar! Ah, and a new PM in Japan and a...curious case of smuggling in Vietnam!