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SOAS launches a new South Asia Institute

By Wed, Mar 19, 2014 10:24PM UTC Comments Off Statue of Thiruvalluvar, SOAS, University of London

The newly launched SOAS South Asia Institute aims to consolidate SOAS’ research strengths in the region and make SOAS the premier UK institution for the multi-disciplinary study of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives. The creation of the Institute marks a renewal of the School’s focus on this region....

Interview with Kaewmala: On doughnuts, blackface and Thai racism

By Tue, Sep 03, 2013 10:00AM UTC 1 Comment Interview with Kaewmala: On doughnuts, blackface and Thai racism

Doughnut chain Dunkin’ Donuts came under fire last week in Thailand for an ad campaign showing an Asian woman painted in blackface to promote a new chocolate flavored product. Word spread quickly on social media, which was quickly followed by outrage and accusations of racism against the campaign. While the CEO of the Thai franchise...

Old Thai schoolbook illustrations revived in satirical cartoons

By Mon, Aug 19, 2013 10:30AM UTC 3 Comments Old Thai schoolbook illustrations revived in satirical cartoons

Old characters from well-known Thai schoolbooks have been revived with a topical twist in a recently launched series of satirical cartoons on Facebook, reflecting and lampooning current political events. “Manee. Manee has eyes.” These are the first simple words most Thai children in the 1970s and 80s (and possibly every foreign student learning Thai) read...

All finished and ready to hand in!

By Sat, Aug 17, 2013 8:38PM UTC Comments Off All finished and ready to hand in!

Just a quick update to let you know that I have finished my dissertation. I’ve submitted it online and all I have to do now is get it bound and hand it in to the office! I also have to finish packing for Paris: I’m leaving in 4 days. I will of course keep you all update on how I am getting on with my job as a lectrice. ...

Thai documentary on Preah Vihear border conflict banned

By Wed, Apr 24, 2013 9:55AM UTC Comments Off A Cambodian police officer, right, stands near the 11th century Hindu Preah Vihear temple, near the disputed border of Cambodia-Thailand, in Preah Vihear province. Pic: AP.

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 around a young Thai soldier from the violent crackdown...

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