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2011 – Some personal thoughts

By Sat, Dec 31, 2011 12:10PM UTC 1 Comment

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 0 Comment

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,...

How to raise your Thai child culturally correct

By Wed, Sep 21, 2011 10:00AM UTC 1 Comment

By Saksith Saiyasombut A recent survey has found that the Thai youth is increasingly abusing drugs, cigarettes and alcohol as early as about 15 (although one Thai news outlet has horrendously ‘misinterpreted’ the numbers). The pollsters have cited “studying difficulties, family issues and financial problems” as causes for young people to turn to narcotics and...

Thailand’s cultural heralds to crack down… on planking?!

By Tue, Jun 21, 2011 6:10PM UTC 0 Comment

By Saksith Saiyasombut Thailand’s National Knee-Jerk Outrage Machine (“กลไกสร้างปฏิกิริยาอย่างไร้ความยั้งคิดแห่งประเทศไทย”*), also known as the self-proclaimed cultural heralds of everything ‘Thainess’, have struck again! After clamping down on farang chefs, topless Songkran dancers, religious tattoos on infidel skin, they are now targeting another absolutely inappropriate, un-Thai abomination: planking!!! Yes, the craze, where everyone lies face down in the most...

Thai Culture Minister’s anti-religious-tattoo-on-foreigners-gate redux

By Fri, Jun 03, 2011 11:00AM UTC 11 Comments

By Saksith Saiyasombut Yesterday’s post on the Thai Ministry of Culture’s declaration of intent to stop foreign tourists from getting religious tattoos has created quite a buzz around the net. No wonder, since this is a) a story affecting a lot of tourists, and b) quite honestly yet another stupid idea by the self-proclaimed heralds...