Isan Writers, Thai Literature: Writing And Regionalism In Modern Thailand by Platt, Martin B.
Regional characteristics and regional language feature prominently in discussions of Thai identity, but there is little mention of regional literatures. In northeastern Thailand's Isan region, authors arite primarily in Thai, but it is possible nonetheless to identify an Isan literature, which played a significant and at times pivotal role in the development of Thai literature in the second half of the 20th century, as authors grappled with how their origins and experiences related to the Thai centre. Martin Platt's account of Isan literature is an important first step toward a broader study of regional literatures in Thailand, and shapes a model that has relevance for examining literary works in other Asian countries.
Thai Transience by
Thai Transience showcases paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and videos by leading Thai artists. Inspiration behind these pieces are drawn from traditional artefacts and art objects from local museums and religious sites within Thailand, showing how Thai contemporary artists continue to create new expressions responding to their heritage and faith. This exhibition catalogue offers a unique perspective of Thai art-making that traverses the categories of traditional, modern and contemporary art, from both emerging and senior Thai contemporary artists such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Bussaraporn Thongchai, Chokchai Tukpoe, Chusak Srikwan, Dow Wasiksiri, Imhathai Suwatthanasilp, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Panya Vijinthanasarn, Phatyos Buddhacharoen, Rikrit Tiravanija, Thawan Duchanee and Yuree Kensaku. A suitable publication for both researchers and art lovers, Thai Transience is also an ideal reference tool for exploring the art of Southeast Asia.
State And Uncivil Society In Thailand At The Temple Of Preah Vihear by Pawakapan, Puangthong R.
Since it began in 2008, the dispute over the temple of Preah Vihear and its adjacent area has envenomed Thai-Cambodian relations. Puangthong R. Pawakapan argues that initially Thai-Cambodian cooperation on the temple had begun within the framework of Thailand's strategy to become a regional economic centre and leader. It was the first time in Southeast Asia that two formerly antagonistic states were employing cultural methods to settle a territorial dispute and turned it into a symbol of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. But the ultra-nationalist movement derailed this essay in cooperation. Instead, the temple became a symbol of hatred between the two countries. The ultra-nationalists' success has to be attributed to the support it enjoyed from various civic groups and institutions.
Issaya Siamese Club Cookbook: Innovative Thai Cuisine By Chef Ian Kittichai by Cummings, Joe
This beautifully presented book is not only for the coffee table. In it the chef and founder of Bangkok's Issaya Siamese Club shows how his celebrated cuisine depends on the plants picked daily in the Club's own gardens. Some 80 recipes for a wide range of Thai dishes are clearly set out with high quality illustrations. Index.
History Of Phuket And The Surrounding Region, A by Mackay, Colin Robert
This is the first book to comprehensively examine the little-known history of Phuket and its surrounding region. The well-researched epic begins with the arrival of the first humans and goes on to cover: the influence of early Negro, Malay, Indian, Chinese, Arab, Greek settlers and visitors; Phuket's important position on the ancient east west maritime trade route; the rise and fall of mysterious early kingdoms and empires; the coming of Islam and Thai regional dominance; the social history and the scourge of piracy; swashbuckling attempts by Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, French, and British adventurers to control Phuket in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; the destruction of the 18th and 19th century Burmese wars; the tin mining boom; mass Chinese immigration and their rise to regional power; European colonial pressure and why Phuket was never colonized; the birth of Thailand; Japan's WWII invasion, local resistance battles and the eventual Allied conquest of Phuket; and Phuket's post-war transformation into a booming jet-set destination. With over 100 maps, pictures and photographs.
Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick And Easy Family Style Recipes by Chin, Katie
Everyday Thai Cooking offers recipes for staple dishes that include both homemade and store-bought options. From appetizers to desserts, each step-by-step recipe lists preparation times (most within thirty minutes) and alternates for less accessible ingredients.
Bangkok Bound by Boccuzzi, Ellen
In Thailand, migrant writers have documented the social and cultural impacts of fifty years of rural-urban migration through hundreds of stories, poems, and novels. Bangkok Bound is the first book to examine this body of literature and the messages that Thai migrant writers convey about their experiences. These stories powerfully describe the ways in which migrants who leave their homes bound for Bangkok are quickly bound to Bangkok through the transformative force of modern city life. And they show the ways in which those who remain behind in the village are transformed, too, as they struggle to maintain a rural way of life in a rapidly urbanizing world. Bangkok Bound will be of interest to anyone working on migration or urbanization, as well as to scholars of Thailand and Thai literature.
Mediums, Monks, & Amulets: Thai Popular Buddhism Today by Kitiarsa, Pattana
This volume is a sophisticated yet accessible study of the state of popular Buddhist beliefs as they are practiced in Thailand today. Using a combination of focused case studies and analysis, it explores the nature and evolution of popular Buddhism over the past three decades by focusing on those individuals who practice, popularize, and profit from it. It also explores the history of both popular and official opinion surrounding supernatural Buddhism and its clashes with the rationalist, modernizing policies of Thailand's monarchy and government.
Enlightened Ways: The Many Streams Of Buddhist Art In Thailand by Tan, Heidi
This volume was published in conjunction with an exhibition organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum in collaboration with the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture, Thailand. It explores the many forms of Buddhist art in Thailand through more than 100 important works. Buddhist art in Thailand draws on both Hindu and Buddhist origins and incorporates animistic traditions as well. Sculptures, paintings, ceramics, textiles, and furniture show the wide range and diverse influences of this artistic tradition.
Makansutra Thailand 2013 by
The independent-minded Makansutra food pocket guides to Singapore and Malaysia are widely used and enjoyed. Now there is a Makansutra for Thailand which describes and assesses 480 restaurants and street food stalls in Bangkok and 271 in Chiang Mai. Each entry includes location details, a description of the place and its atmosphere and a grading. Selected dishes are recommended and/or illustrated. With recipes for three well-known Thai dishes and indexes.
Thailand (Tuttle Travel Pack) by Algie, Jim (Text)
The author's 20 years of varied life in Thailand flavours this travel guide for budget-conscious and more comfortable tourists and the selection of visits and experiences highlighted. In Chapter One, descriptions and practical guidance are given for some 30 of the country's "must see" ancient and modern sites and facilities. Chapter Two explores seven of Thailand's regions and in Chapter Three the author discusses his personal recommendations and sets out his "best" list of things to do and see. Basic travel facts, addresses and other information follow. With many photo insets, index and pull-out map.
Thailand's Beaches & Islands (Eyewitness Travel) by
This richly illustrated and comprehensive travel guide to Thailand features the megalopolis Bangkok and the many beaches and islands which draw the world's travellers and sun worshippers. After an overview introduction to the country, Bangkok's many sights and monuments are described with access details, indexed sheet maps, and a shopping guide. Then details are given of the resorts and the sights and facilities available on the Eastern seaboards, the Gulf coasts, the Andaman coasts and the Deep South. A general section on traveller's needs, entertainment and other facilities is followed by an informative "survival guide" for traveller. With glossary and index.
Buddhist Monk, Buddhist Layman: A Study Of Urban Monastic Organization In Central Thailand by Bunnag, Jane
Most anthropological and sociological studies of Buddhism have concentrated on village and rural Buddhism. This is a systematic anthropological study of monastic organization and monk-layman interaction in a purely urban context in the countries where Theravada Buddhism is practised, namely, Burma, Cambodia, Ceylon, Laos and Thailand. The material presented is based on fieldwork carried out in Ayutthaya, Central Thailand. Dr Bunnag describes and analyses the socio-economic and ritual relations existing between the monk and the lay community, and she demonstrates the way in which the role of the monk is used by some men, wittingly or otherwise, as a social stepping-stone. Finally, Dr Bunnag places the material presented in a broader theoretical context by reviewing it in relation to anthropological discussions concerning the nature of Thai society as a whole. With bibliography and index.
Land And Loyalty: Security And The Development Of Property Rights In Thailand by Larsson, Tomas
In Land and Loyalty, Tomas Larsson argues that institutional underdevelopment may prove, under certain circumstances, a strategic advantage rather than a weakness and that external threats play an important role in shaping the development of property regimes. Security concerns, he find, often guide economic policy. The domestic legacies, legal and socioeconomic, resulting from state responses to the outside world and limit the strategies available to politicians. While Larsson's extensive archival research findings are drawn from Thai sources, he situates the experiences of Thailand in comparative perspective by contrasting them with the trajectory of property rights in Japan, Burma, and the Philippines. With bibliography and index.
Ghosts Of The Past In Southern Thailand: Essays On The History And Historiography Of Patani by Jory, Patrick (Ed.)
At the heart of the on-going armed conflict in southern Thailand is a fundamental disagreement about the history of relations between the Patani Malays and the Thai kingdom. While the Thai royalist-nationalist version of history regards Patani as part of that kingdom "since time immemorial," Patani Malay nationalists look back to a golden age when the Sultanate of Patani was an independent, prosperous trading state and a renowned center for Islamic education and scholarship in Southeast Asia - a time before it was defeated, broken up, and fell under the control of the Thai state. The essays in this book demonstrate that an understanding of the conflict must take into account the historical dimensions of relations between Patani and the Thai kingdom, and the ongoing influence of these perceptions on Thai state officials, militants, and the local population.
Thailand At Random by
Who invented the dish Phad Thai and why? What is the prime minister's monthly salary? What are the most common nicknames in Thailand? What is the average IQ of a Thai? How many Thai women smoke tobacco? What will you be fined for the unlawful possession of an elephant?
An illustrated collection of Thailand trivia, Thailand at Random is filled with fun anecdotes, statistics, quotes, idioms, cultural explanations, historical asides, facts, folklore and other unusual and useful tidbits. This veritable treasure trove of information on Thailand is arranged, as the title suggests, randomly, so that readers will come to expect the unexpected on each and every page. Designed in a charmingly classic style, and peppered with original illustrations, Thailand at Random is a quirky and irresistible celebration of everything you didn't know you wanted to know about this diverse and captivating country.
Industrialization With A Weak State: Thailand's Development In Historical Perspective by Somboon Siriprachai
These seven essays are by the late and independent-minded economist Somboon Siriprachai (1956-2008) of Thammasat University. They address many aspects of the 19th-20th century industrialisation of Thailand and their interpretation with particular focus on: industrial policy; rent seeking; income inequalities; the role of the state and population issues. The author offers criticisms and reassessments of much previous analysis, including some by the World Bank. Bibliography and index.
Roots Of Thai Art, The by Piriya Krairiksh; N. Chakrabongse (Trans.)
This substantial volume with 540 illustrations explores early pre-Thai art works of the Mon and Khmer peoples who inhabited much of what is now Thailand from the 4th -13th centuries. These art works demonstrate both the Buddhism and Brahmanism which in their later forms underpin much of Thai society today. Chapter One explores the context from which the religious and building décor and varied art objects arose, and Chapter Two presents many examples of the artefacts from the various religious and art traditions , plus some examples of commercial art. Glossary, bibliography and index.
Early Thailand: From Prehistory To Sukhothai by Higham, Charles; Rachanie Thosarat
Dramatic new archaeological discoveries over the past ten years demand a new look at Thailand's past. Drawing on their previous work, Prehistoric Thailand, this substantially updated book covers the history of the Kingdom from the first human settlement to the earliest civilisations and gives a fresh appraisal of the early hunters and gatherers, and of the origins of the first rice farmers.
A new chronology reveals the dynamic social changes that came with the Bronze Age, and the rapid advance to the foundation of early states that followed. The outstanding art of the Bronze Age, as seen in painted ceramic vessels a thousand years earlier than those from Ban Chiang is portrayed, as is the wealth of Iron Age chiefs who contributed so much to the foundation of the Kingdoms of Angkor and Dvaravati. In the far south, we find early cities founded along the Southern Silk Road, bringing exotic ideas and goods through seaborne trade. Most of all, the authors present the rich cultural heritage of the Thai people.
Architecture Of Thailand: A Guide To Traditional And Contemporary Forms by Sthapitanonda, Nithi; Brian Mertens
This book focuses on the multitude of elements and forms that go into Thai architecture. All the important features of Thai culture - its agrarian roots, its religion and monarchy, its rich mix of foreign influences - are embodied in buildings. As a result, this book also illuminates Thai tradition and history. Lively text and hundreds of photographs and illustraions explore Thailand's indigenous architecture, from the humble but charming field hut woven of bamboo to the splendid teak mansion built high on stilts.