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Interview with Kaewmala: On doughnuts, blackface and Thai racism

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...

Racism in Singapore: Our own problem

By Mon, Oct 15, 2012 10:23PM UTC Comments Off

Last week Amy Cheong’s Facebook rant against Malay void deck weddings sparked an outrage amongst Singaporeans. She was swiftly fired from her position of Assistant Director by the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), and a police report was lodged. The righteous (self-righteous?) indignation of many Singaporeans continued to rage online even after Ms. Cheong issued...

Thailand’s skin whitening craze: How far will it go?

By Thu, Sep 27, 2012 11:13PM UTC Comments Off Thai pretties - Source: Matichon

By Kaewmala The skin whitening craze has reached women’s pubic areas in Thailand. Officially. This new development has been well recorded by international press. Kate Hodal of The Guardian reported on 23 September 2012: A new product said to make women’s intimate areas ‘fairer within four weeks’ has revived the beauty debate in colour-conscious Thailand,...

“Chink in the Armor”: Racism or a lax copy editor?

By Sun, Feb 19, 2012 11:26AM UTC Comments Off ESPN's groan-inducing headline

An undrafted player from Harvard (not exactly a basketball powerhouse) spends his time as a bench warmer in a struggling NBA team until injuries to several starting players give him a chance to start.  He takes the ball and runs with it.. up and down the court, demonstrating great skill, helping his team get on...

Excerpts of the day

By Tue, Nov 29, 2011 7:15AM UTC 5 Comments Excerpts of the day

One of the things I like best about studying political science is reading the opinions and insights of people from another age (whether they be through archives or biographies or whatever). It’s really interesting to chart various developments over time in the way we think about certain things. Obviously humans as a biological species don’t...

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