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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala: Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?'

Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala: Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?': Interview with a Social Critic - Kaewmala: Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?'
Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn Aug 6, 2012
CityNews recently had the opportunity to interview Kaewmala, an outspoken Thai writer who first made headlines with her provocative book on Thai sexuality, Thai Sex Talk.
Since then, Kaewmala has gone on to write about societal and political issues in Thailand, broaching such topics as Thailand’s failing education system, pop-culture scandals, and constitutional language. She regularly contributes to news website AsianCorrespondent.com, as well as the English version of Prachathai. Self-described as “unapologetically liberal”, Kaewmala is perhaps one of the few Thai female critics writing cogently on Thai issues in English today – acting as a much-needed bridge for both Thais and English-speakers/readers to discuss Thailand’s many social hang-ups, both amusing and controversial.  
This three-part interview covers such topics as the construction of Thai culture, the role of expats in Thailand, and, of course, Kaewmala herself. Don’t forget to check out Kaewmala’s blog as well for a taste of her writing. 
Part I: Beating the bullies in the school yard -  on developing critical views, critiquing society, and cognitive dissonance in Thailand.
Part II: “It takes power to change meanings…” - on cultural adjustments, readership, and the construction of Thai culture.
Part III: “Are Thais such an exceptional human species?” - on the direction of Thai society, “swamps of confusion,” and the role of expatriates in Thailand. 
Part III: 'Are Thais such an exceptional human species?'
…on the direction of Thai society, “swamps of confusion,” and the role of expatriates in Thailand. 

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