Culture

Poll: Thai New Year revelers declare Songkran 2015 ‘a success’

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 10:17AM UTC

Despite a seemingly endless slew of fatal car crashes and stricter controls by authorities, this year’s Songkran New Year’s festivities were considered to be more successful than the annual festival’s 2014 iteration.

Tokyo appoints Godzilla as special resident, tourism ambassador

By Thu, Apr 09, 2015 7:27PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan the irradiated monster is getting appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward.

Traditional dress makes a dramatic comeback in Thailand

By Mon, Apr 06, 2015 10:10AM UTC

It took Thailand’s Ministry of Industry over a billion baht to try and fail to make Bangkok a fashion capital during 2003-2006. Last week, though, one dress was all it took to spark an almost national fashion agenda – wear traditional Thai dress and fortify our Thai culture.

Changing Burma: Preserving the old, embracing the new

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 12:38PM UTC

When I first came to Myanmar in 2009 it felt like a country frozen in time thanks to its years of isolation and stagnation. Indeed I recall penning an article for Jet Star something along the lines of it being one of the few places left you could glimpse the Asia of old, one that existed some 50 years ago. And at that time, within the glittering modernity of much of Asia’s new sky rise cities, that was oddly appealing but also a rather simplistic perception.

Bangkok book fair draws bumper crowds, but worries remain over Thailand’s reading culture

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 12:05PM UTC

The much-anticipated Bangkok International Book Fair has returned at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (March 26-April 6). Held annually by The Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (PUBAT), the big, jam-packed book week has also been setting new attendance records in the past few years. But is its success a reflection or an illusion of Thai reading culture?