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On ’100% Thai manliness’ and the reality of LBGT in Thailand

By Thu, Jun 07, 2012 10:30AM UTC Comments Off

By Saksith Saiyasombut On Wednesday, a rather confusing headline made the rounds when a Thai actor told that the country’s Ministry of Culture (or as we call it here “ThaiMiniCult”) ordered TV executives to ensure that “100 per cent male” actors should not play transgender roles on TV. Naturally, such a bold statement caused at...

Thai “Macbeth” movie banned over fears it causes ‘disunity’

By Wed, Apr 04, 2012 10:00AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP

By Saksith Saiyasombut “Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” (Three Witches, Act I, Scene I) The Tragedy of Macbeth is a famous play by William Shakespeare that tells the story of a man and a woman on their bloody path to the throne of Scotland and their violent downfall, driven by arrogance, paranoia and death. The...

Foul-mouthed chat app has Thai Cultural Heralds up in arms

By Mon, Feb 06, 2012 10:30AM UTC Comments Off A screenshot of Simsimi, a chat-roboter application that has the Thai Culture Ministry up in arms - one wonders why...? (Source: Twitter)

By Saksith Saiyasombut We thought we would hear less of Thailand’s National Knee-Jerk Outrage Machine (“กลไกสร้างปฏิกิริยาอย่างไร้ความยั้งคิดแห่งประเทศไทย”, trademark pending), also known as the Thai Cultural Heralds or ThaiMiniCult, now that that there’s someone new in charge at the Ministry of Culture. But apparently it was just a matter of time, and now they’re back to bemoan...

2011 – Some personal thoughts

By Sat, Dec 31, 2011 12:10PM UTC 71 Comments 2011 – Some personal thoughts

By Saksith Saiyasombut Note: The views expressed here are solely those of the author and not of Asian Correspondent and of the other Siam Voices authors 2011 is history and looking back on Thailand this past year, it has been yet another eventful year that brought some answers, but many more questions to the wide-spread problems that continues to plague the...

Raunchy ‘Itchy Ear’ song exposes Thai sexual hypocrisy

By Fri, Sep 30, 2011 8:30AM UTC Comments Off Raunchy ‘Itchy Ear’ song exposes Thai sexual hypocrisy

By Saksith Saiyasombut A music video with suggestive lyrics, the singer’s even more suggestive stage performance, and her moral scolding on national TV is the latest episode of yet another Thai sexual hypocrisy.  Yet again, the outcry  comes from those who claim to protect anything ‘Thai’ and lash out against everything that is allegedly not,...

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