In cooperation with the Thai Community in New York and the New York City, the Royal Thai Consulate General in New York will host and celebrate the Thai New Year Festival on both April 20th and April 27th, 2019 at 75th - 77th Street and Woodside Ave, Queens, New York. The official opening of the event will be on Saturday, April 20, 2019 between 1-2pm.
It is a free family fun event! Please come to try Thai food, watch a Muay Thai demonstration, experience traditional music and dance, tourism, and other interactive activities with the Thai Community in New York and the New York City Public Office, such as NYPD and FDNY.
The Royal Thai Consulate General in New York
An impressive feature directorial debut by veteran cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, this mysterious, intoxicating work centers on the friendship between a fisherman and the mute refugee he rescues from a swamp. After the fisherman disappears at sea, the refugee’s mourning is interrupted by the return of the fisherman’s ex-wife, and sure enough, the past bleeds inexorably into the present. A visionary take on the refugee parable, in which mystical elements disrupt the drudgery of everyday life, Manta Ray won the Orizzonti Prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival. U.S. Premiere.
Location and Time:
Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater | March 29, 2019 - 9:00PM
The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2 | March 30, 2019 - 3:15PM
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Museum of Modern Arts
Thailand has made great strides in education, achieving near 100% primary enrollment and a 98% youth literacy rate. Yet one third of ethnic minority teens are still illiterate in Thai, despite 6-8 years of schooling. The problem is most acute in the Deep South, among Patani Malay speaking youth. The Deep South is also the scene of a long-standing insurgency, pitting Patani Malay Muslim separatists against the Thai Buddhist state. Since 2004, over 7000 have died, including 180 teachers—some killed in front of their students—as the insurgency views the Thai education system as a threat to Islam and the Patani Malay language/culture.Since 2006, linguists from Mahidol University have cooperated with UNICEF Thailand and the Patani Malay community to pioneer mother tongue based multilingual education for children in grades K-6. The results have been overwhelmingly positive; the program received both the 2016 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Award and the 2017 UNESCO Wenhui Award for Innovation in the Professional Development of Teachers (honorable commendation). This lecture will examine the structure of the programme, detail student and community assessment methods employed, and discuss the implications for education and peace building in Thailand and beyond. Full copies of UNICEF Thailand’s just-published project documentation (175 pages) will be available free of charge in limited quantities.
Kirk R. Person, Ph.D. (University of Texas, Arlington) came to Thailand in 1988 as a volunteer English teacher—and stayed! He works with SIL International, an NGO focused on minority language issues. He has conducted linguistic fieldwork in Thailand, Myanmar, and China (PRC), taught graduate linguistics courses at several Thai universities, represented SIL International to the Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group (hosted by UNESCO-Bangkok), served on the Royal Institute of Thailand’s National Language Policy Drafting Committee, and contributed to the British Academy’s language policy recommendations for Myanmar.
Hosted by Columbia University Teacher’s College.
NYC PREMIERE Acclaimed at Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival, this suspenseful high-seas adventure follows a team of activists who rescue modern-day slaves in Thailand’s illegal fishing industry. Thai activist Patima Tungpuchayakul was nominated for the Nobel Prize for her work rescuing thousands of victims. We follow her as she tracks down escaped slaves who live like Robinson Crusoe on remote islands, helping to bring these long-vanished ghosts back to life and to their families.
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Hosted by DOC NYC.
Bangkok-based journalist Patrick Winn will explain why Southeast Asian organized crime is entering a golden age—and argue that we should see the humanity in people engaged in black markets. Patrick Winn's book: Hello, Shadowlands: Inside Southeast Asia's Organized Crimewave will be available for purchase.
Owners of the Map, a study of Bangkok through an ethnographic study of motorcycle taxi drivers, advances an analysis of space and power that is of interest to both social research and design. In 2010, thousands of Red Shirts protesters took over the commercial center of Bangkok to demand democratic elections and an end to inequality. Key to this mobilization were motorcycle taxi drivers, who slowed down, filtered, and severed mobility in the area, claiming a prominent role in national politics and ownership over the city and challenging state hegemony. Claudio Sopranzetti will speak at this event, with Duncan McCargo moderating.
Hosted by NYSEAN and Weatherhead East Asian Institute.
In 2012, Duncan McCargo (Columbia) and Ayse Zarakol (Cambridge) published an article in the Journal of Democracy entitled “Turkey and Thailand: Unlikely Twins.” The article highlighted striking similarities in the history and politics of two nations at opposite ends of ‘Asia’ (broadly imagined), and raised critical questions about issues such urban-rural divides, national myths, the role of the military, and trends towards authoritarianism. Since then, much has happened to confirm and to qualify their arguments: Thailand experienced a military coup in May 2014, while there was an unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey two years later. In this seminar, the two authors will revisit their analysis and debate the significance of subsequent developments for understanding this apparent parallelism.
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Hosted by Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Sakip Sabanci Center for Turkish Studies at Columbia University.