Archive for the 'Culture and Customs' Category

Asian Professional Football: The Emergence of Home Team Spirit in Thailand

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Without question, football or as it is known in the US, ‘soccer,’ is / has been the most popular and widespread sport in Thailand. I remember my first impressions of professional sports in Thailand a decade ago. Then, the semi-professional soccer leagues were dominated by private sector teams representing banks, universities and companies. This ‘capital [...]

What’s in a Name: Gyoza, Jiaozi, Pot Sticker, Asian Dumpling

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

“Hey sis, are those Gyozas finished?” My stomach was growling. “Geeyo—what?” A confused look reflected in her expression. “Gyoza—you know, those pork dumplings you were gonna make” “Huh? Well, I thought you just wanted to eat pot stickers, so that’s what I made.”As she replied, little Nate and Danny walked into the kitchen.

the Chimera Triangles: A blovel by Jao Moragoat

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Since moving to Thailand in early 2002, the mixed ethnic, Thai American writer, Jao Moragoat began working on his debut, literary masterpiece; a brilliant work covering the complexities of cross cultural fusion, transfusion, illusion triad of a Eurasian identity quest. The story is about Eurasian, young adult, Christopher Stevens who is an ESL teacher living [...]

An Era of Urban Impatience: the Elevator Syndrome

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Living in an age of over populating rapid urbanization that has seen many o’ wide open spaces replaced with the likes of slums and suburbia, the cities of the world continue to expand across horizons, expanding through the upper stretches of the biosphere. With longer horizontal and vertical distances to cover, we’ve come to be [...]

12 Nights (2000) Hong Kong Film starring Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi and Eason Chan

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The other night, I was browsing my friend’s movie collection and came across one of the first Asian films I became fond of from a decade back: 12 Nights (2000). My initial viewing was at the Denver Asian Film Festival of 2000. At that particular time, I was preparing to travel to Southeast Asia for [...]

The Actual P’s of Contemporary Capitalism and Marketing

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Capitalism & Marketing Mix: The true story Imagine an alien student studying human-kind getting hold of a Marketing text book. Sooner or later, they’d get to the chapter about the four P’s: What were they again—oh yea, Product. Place, Price, and Promotion. Reading further, they’d go on to learn that a few additional Ps were [...]

Dear Galileo หนีตามกาลิเลโอ : Thai Europe Adventure – Romance – Friendship Film

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Directed by Nithiwat Tharatorn starring Ray Macdonald (as Pisit) Chutima Theepanart (as Cherry), and Jarinporn Joonkiati (as Noon), Dear Galileo is a warm and modern Thai flick exploring the stretching bonds of friendship and love across the borders of Europe. Beginning in Thailand, the two prime characters, Noon and Cherry jump straight to the point, [...]

The Contemperary Crips & Bloods of Thailand: Siamese Color Wars

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

All over the Thai media in recent times has been the colored shirt political rivalries infesting the Siamese political and public arenas. Initially headlined by the pro (current) government yellow shirts, known formerly as PAD (Peoples Alliance for Democracy), and their bitter opposition, pro ex-Thaksin-government red shirted rivals, or PAAD (Peoples Alliance Against Dictatorship). As [...]

Mangosteen Name Mystery: Thai joke version

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

With lifts on import bans in recent years, much of the western world has finally been introduced to the sweet & juicy delight of the mangosteen. This native Asian fruit identified scientifically as Garcinia mangostana is so new to the mass markets of US and Europe, common spell checkers have yet to recognize it. Our [...]

How to Interest and Attract Mates (Part One): Casual Confidence & Dress for Parties

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

An upcoming party is approaching and you’ve been strongly considering attending; A certain someone you’re interested will be there—or perhaps a few potential and ever-eligible mates are expected in the line up, only you’re not really sure what your prospects with any of them are, if at all existent. Do they even know your name? [...]