Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #07: Thailand's Hyper-Royalism - Its Past Success And Present Predicament by Thongchai Winichakul
Thailand's political impasse in the past decade is partly attributable to the royalist dominance of the parliamentary system, a dominance developed and strengthened under the cultural condition of hyper-royalism. Hyper-royalism is the politico-cultural condition in which royalism is intensified and exaggerated in public and everyday life. It is sanctioned by legislation that controls expressions about the monarchy in the public sphere. Hyper-royalism also generates the illusion that the monarchy is divine, thanks to visual performances and objects, especially through television and majestic pageantry. Accordingly, the ideal monarch is found in King Bhumibol. Given the mortality of Bhumibol, however, future prospects of hyper-royalism and royalist-guided democracy are grim. Thailand's political future is highly uncertain.
Royal Siamese State Railway Southern Line 1917 by Ministry Of Communication
Royal Siamese State Railway Southern Line 1917 is a compilation of various works. The areas dealt with include Souvenir of the Opening of the Royal Siamese State Railway, Southern Line, 1917; Royal State Railways Siam, Southern Line, 1915; Photographs Relating to the Siamese Railway, 1898-1904; Railway Stations; and Thirtieth Annual Report on the Administration of the Royal State Railways, 1917, among others.
Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Yoga, Ayurveda by Salguero, C. Pierce
This book presents readers with the definitive overview of the history and contemporary practice of TTM. This is an updated, re-organized, and mostly re-written edition of the 2007 book that provided English-language readers with the first comprehensive overview of traditional Thai medicine in print. The culmination of two decades of field study, academic research, and teaching experience, this book approaches TTM from an academic perspective, but it is geared toward practitioners, tourists, and general readers. It provides a broad-brush history of Thai medicine from ancient times to the present day, and describes in detail the unique synthesis of healing practices that is found today across Thailand. The author demonstrates that traditional Thai medicine is not a timeless static tradition, but rather a dynamic and syncretic combination of multiple cultural influences, including Theravada Buddhism, Ayurveda, yoga, Tantra, Chinese medicine, Western tourism, and indigenous spirit religions.
Geek In Thailand, A: Discovering The Land Of Golden Buddhas, Pad Thai And Kickboxing by Houton, Jody
A Geek in Thailand is a light-hearted but perceptive look at one of the world's most visited countries from the viewpoint of a young foreign resident. More than just a Thai travel guide, it offers a concise but insightful take on Thailand for tourists, expats, would-be expats, and others-anyone, in fact, with an interest in visiting or learning about the Land of Smiles. Subjects range from the touchstones of Thai culture and history, such as its politics and economy, Buddhism and folklore, to chapters on traditional Thai design and craftsmanship, including its highly acclaimed architecture and fine silk textiles.
New Thai Style by Freeman, Michael (Photo); Kim Inglis (Text)
Thai Style is renowned throughout the world for its grace, form and colours, reflecting wider national culture. Whether pavilion-style architecture, elegant interior designs, innovative use of textiles and materials, Thai Style manages to combine cultural traditions with skilled craftsmanship and modern interpretations. A number of carefully selected homes, resorts, hotels and residences are featured in New Thai Style - a cornucopia of all that is new and exciting in confident, thrusting Thailand's design scene.
Year In The 'Kok, A by Crazy Horse
A novel of Bangkok nights ripped straight from the nightlife of Bangkok city centre. You step straight off the plane into a strange new world of all-night go-go bars, mamasans, and the most beautiful willing girls in the world. Crazy Horse is the pen-name of an expat from North America. He has been living and writing in Asia for over 10 years and is best known as the author of the "Western Man in Asia" blog. He has also written and directed movies for Hollywood.
Into The Night Life by Crazy Horse
Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Shanghai, Pattaya - Crazy Horse returns to Asia with his follow up to "A Year in the 'Kok". Crazy Horse is the pen-name of an expat from North America. He has been living and writing in Asia for over 10 years and is best known as the author of the "Western Man in Asia" blog. He has also written and directed movies for Hollywood.
Worlds Apart: A Collection Of Short Stories by Oliver, Martin R.
Peter loves his wife dearly, and does everything to make her happy, so why would he invent a story that his work is taking him to Bangkok for a couple of weeks? His wife Juliana follows him to try and discover why! Bebito, a young boy from the interior of Bahia Brazil, becomes another Brazilian ''street child'. He makes friends with Marcopolo who teaches him how to survive on the streets of Salvador. But why must he go home to repay his former employer, the rich landowner Snr. Calvacanti? The situations they encounter are humorous, but typical. This collection of short stories are a fusion of fact with fiction, leaving the reader to guess which situations and characters are real, and which are not?
Unequal Thailand: Aspects Of Income, Wealth And Power by Pasuk Phongpaichit & Chris Baker (Eds.)
Extreme inequalities in income, wealth and power lie behind Thailand's political turmoil. What are the sources of this inequality? Why does it persist, or even increase when the economy grows? The contributors to this important study Thai scholars, reformers and civil servants shed light on the many dimensions of inequality in Thailand, looking beyond simple income measures to consider land ownership, education, finance, business structures and politics. The contributors propose a series of reforms in taxation, spending and institutional reform that can address growing inequality.
Do You Remember Your First Blow Job? by Conn, Thomas
Tasted like shit, didn't it? Adult Joke Book Includes: Why Men Are Never Depressed Zen Teachings Budget Old Man Little Boys Student Apology To Blondes! Immigrants News Gorilla Buttercups & Golf Balls Master Card Wedding Woman in Coma A Cop Ecstasy Elderly Man Hangover Subject: Abdul Subject: New Panties Priest's Retirement Speech Murphy Hospital Chicken Racism Taxi Paddy Sisters Commuter Terrorists The Muslims Are Not Happy!
Living In Chiang Mai by Gunn, Alexander
After moving from the safety of middle class rural life in England, Alex and his family come to terms with living in Chiang Mai. It's a little bit different. Well, to be honest with you, it's about as different as having a nice quiet country walk and then deciding to see what it's like to go ten rounds in the Saturday Night No Holds Barred Cage Fight Slaughterhouse Rumble hosted by the Creative Breaking legend Iron Knuckles Kane. It is excruciatingly different, and anybody who tells you otherwise is simply lying or well adjusted. Alex bumbles through another year treading prawns into the British Ambassadors carpet, unwittingly befriending The Triads, getting mixed up with the shadowy underworld of Chiang Mai's Water Bandits and ending up in Chiang Mai's police station.
Perfect Presenter: The Fundamental Strategies And Techniques Of Highly Effective Presenters by Marks, Paul
Tips, strategies and techniques to becoming an outstanding presenter! In this comprehensive book, presentation expert Paul Marks shares a wealth of information, knowledge, and wisdom on how to give exciting, colorful, and unforgettable presentations. Drawing from years of experience in doing his own presentations, as well as inspiring his fellow presenters, Marks examines numerous facets of what makes presentations succeed, what makes them fail, how best to prepare for them, and more. An essential guide for presenters across all fields and demographics, this will arm you with golden preparation and aid you in bringing the house down.
Bangkok Cowboys, The by Lewis, Alexander
Based on true events, this is a gritty, straight talking tale with dashes of unique northern humour in parts, bringing to life the astonishing journey of two working class men; how they struggled working the streets in the rag trade throughout the North East of England. After being held down by higher forces, they eventually get a break in the used-clothing industry using their wits and determination and become successful exporters into Eastern Europe. Striking up a friendship with their new Eastern European buyers, they soon realise that things are not all that they seem, and they are foolishly drawn into the paranoid world of trafficking cocaine out of England. Being overwhelmed by their new found wealth takes them on a path to the hedonistic world of Thailand's red light districts. They then team up with an ex-Liverpool bouncer living in Bangkok for their most daring plan of the whole operation.
Dr Porntip Rojanasunan: No Bones Unturned by
Dr Porntip Rojanasunan is Thailand's most famous forensic scientist. Nicknamed 'Dr Death' by the mass media, her findings often contradicted those of the Thai police, leading to numerous clashes between the two. In this book, Dr Porntip delves into some of her most well-known cases, including the grisly murder of medical student Jenjira Ploy-angunsri, the mysterious disappearance of Thai-Muslim human rights activist Khun Somchai Neelapaijit, and the death of Malaysian political aide Teoh Beng Hock.
Deciphering Southern Thailand's Violence: Organization And Insurgent Practices Of by Helbardt, Sascha
Scholars have given questions about the perpetrators of nameless violence in Southern Thailand little consideration, leaving the motives that drive Barisan Revolusi Nasional heavily cloaked in secrecy and speculation. This book offers a rare glimpse behind the veil that shrouds BRN-Coordinate. Using exclusive access to and detailed interviews with BRN-Coordinate members, this book analyses the communicative dimension of the insurgency. It depicts the hidden channels and organized violence that drive the regions enduring rebellion as well as BRN's dichotomous existence between silence and communication.
Modern Thai House: Innovative Design In Tropical Asia by Powell, Robert; Albert Lim (Photo.)
With rich photography and insightful commentary, this Thai architecture and interior design book showcases some of the finest modern masterpieces in Southeast Asia. The houses in this book are readily accessible from Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiangmai. They reflect a wide variety of concerns and solutions, such as: sustainability; responses to climate; strategies for cooling with minimal electricity; openness versus security in a large metropolis such as Bangkok; cultural sensitivity and responsiveness, as evidenced in a "three-generation house," built for a society in which the extended family is still prevalent; and cultural memory, as in the use of elements such as pilings, verandahs, and steeply pitched roofs with large overhangs that echo traditional Thai designs.
Thai Cooking Made Easy: Delectable Thai Meals In Minutes by
From fiery hot soups to tangy seafood dishes, this book captures the savory tastes and heavenly flavors of Thai cuisine. Step-by-step recipes show you how to make evergreen Thai dishes such as tom yam soup, pineapple fried rice, and jub chai. More than 60 full-color photographs bring each dish to life on the page, with flavorful sauces, delicious salads, tempting main dishes and sinful deserts making this the perfect introduction to Thai cuisine.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #13: Crown Property Bureau In Thailand And Its Role In Political Economy by Porphant Ouyyanont
The Crown Property Bureau has long been ignored in Thai economic literature. However, the Bureau is a huge conglomerate and holding company, with an income in excess of 10 billion baht, and with links throughout the economy. It is also the largest landholder in the country. The Asian economic crisis of 1997 had a significant effect on the financial position of the CPB. The CPB has been instrumental in developing and financing many royal projects, including those relating to the king's "sufficiency economy" philosophy.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #11: Democracy Thwarted: The Crisis Of Political Authority In Thailand by Keyes, Charles
The coup in Thailand of 22 May 2014, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, ended the country's latest attempt to establish a democratic political order. This coup was but the latest intervention by the Thai military dating at least to the 1950s to prevent any true democratic system developing in Thailand. The 2014 coup was intended to ensure, as a previous coup in 2006 had not succeeded in doing, that the populist challenge to despotic paternalism was ended once and for all. The strong criticisms of the proposed new constitution that would ensure the perpetuation of authoritarian rule may make such rule untenable, but perhaps may also lead to more political turmoil in the kingdom of no longer smiling Thai.
Siam Through The Lens Of John Thomson 1865-66, Including Angkor And Coastal China by Paisarn Piemmettawat, J Bautz Et Al (Text)
Legendary Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson (1837-1921) set off for the East in 1862 and over the next ten years undertook numerous journeys to various countries including Siam, Cambodia and China, becoming the first person to photograph Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The photographs from these journeys form one of the most extensive records of any region taken in the 19th century. These photographs form a unique archive of images documenting 19th century Asian landscapes, architecture, people and customs. The collection of over 600 glass plates travelled back with Thomson to Britain in 1872 and since 1921 has been housed and expertly preserved at the Wellcome Library, London. The 150-year-old glass negatives are in excellent condition allowing the exhibition to showcase very large prints, some life-size.