Ready Player Mom? ‘Mother Gamer’ scores points against Thai gaming stigma

The moment Mother Gamer began to unspool, some of my worst suspicions of this single-mother-turned-gamer film were confirmed when the logos of Thailand’s two biggest gaming companies spread across the screen. A game company-backed film can only mean one thing: A movie set on painting gaming in a positive light. While the social stigma against ...

Is your life trashier than Miss Universe Thailand? Show us. (Opinion)

Is your life trashier than Miss Universe Thailand? Show us. (Opinion)

One year ago, disgust with our plastic addiction and the harm it does motivated us to take action. At the street level, that meant youth joining the Climate Strike Thailand...

Thailand must overcome fear and learn to live with COVID (Opinion)

Thailand must overcome fear and learn to live with COVID (Opinion)

Thailand is used to being a ma mued, or dark horse – an underdog. When the coronavirus crisis began, no one expected us to come out “on top,” with our success heralded in...

Hard questions in Spike Lee joint ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ as reviewed by a Southeast Asian

Hard questions in Spike Lee joint ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ as reviewed by a Southeast Asian

The best of the Spike Lee-directed Da 5 Bloods lies in its questions, the dazzling presentation and importance of which make up for its seen-before tropes and dainty catharsis of...

Explainer: How ‘salim’ went from Thai dessert to fashionable insult

Explainer: How ‘salim’ went from Thai dessert to fashionable insult

“You are salim!” the man hissed, with something between a sneer and smile. The target of this slander? An old schoolmate who, six years ago, was among those painting Thai...

‘Bitch!’ scream the trolls, ‘catfight!’ shout the media, and we all lose (Opinion)

‘Bitch!’ scream the trolls, ‘catfight!’ shout the media, and we all lose (Opinion)

Above: Future Forward member Pannika Wanich wears what’s been deemed the most sinister pantsuit, ever, June 5 in a parliamentary session in Bangkok. Photo: Pannika_FWP/...

OPINION: Is it time to find a more environmental/health-friendly alternative to joss paper burning?

OPINION: Is it time to find a more environmental/health-friendly alternative to joss paper burning?

As I was scouring the streets around noon on Monday, looking for any street vendor that came to work on the “praying day” of Thailand’s Chinese New Year celebrations, I...

Welcome to the Dark Side: How the whitening industry and media fuel colorism in Thailand

Welcome to the Dark Side: How the whitening industry and media fuel colorism in Thailand

OPINION — “But you aren’t white. How are you able to speak English so well?” That’s an actual question a new classmate asked me on my first day at a Thai school after...

OPINION: Wildly irrelevant questions at feminist event show just how far we have to go

OPINION: Wildly irrelevant questions at feminist event show just how far we have to go

OPINION — Her T-shirt read #DontTellMeHowToDress, so did the billboard at the event to advocate against victim blaming. So naturally, the Thai television crew in attendance...

Off the Rails: 9 ways the BTS should have improved by now

Off the Rails: 9 ways the BTS should have improved by now

When the BTS opened in 1999, the elevated train network, modeled after Vancouver’s SkyTrain, was supposed to free Bangkokians from endless hours sitting in traffic — a...


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