‘Thainess’

‘JJ’ Jeremy Johanson

เป็นภูมิปัญญาไทยในทุกไหว

On the surface Thai culture may seem like any other, abounding in charming age-old customs. But, as with many things Thai, appearance is simply the ‘tip of the iceberg’. When examined closely, the ‘Thai way of life’ is based on the objective observation of human nature, taking into consideration the law of  ‘cause and effect’.

Our individual day-to-day decisions, actions and lifestyle choices are key to building a peaceful society, with everyone living harmoniously side-by-side. It’s these Thai social  conventions put into place centuries ago that, over time, have created the ‘Land of Smiles’.

‘Thainess’ is a magical element composed of many ingredients: Loving-kindness (Metta), Respect, Courtesy, Caring, Consideration (Kreng-jai), Well-being (Sabai-jai), Fun (Sanook), Patience, Calm (Jai-yen), Heart, Happiness, Understanding, Tolerance, Balance, Non-judgmental awareness, Compassion, Compassionate healing, Sympathy, Altruism, Selflessness, Generosity, Unity… ‘THAI WAIS’ (Wise) = “There is wisdom in every Thai Wai! “

In true Thai spirit, we welcome everyone to share their definitions, comments, stories, photos or videos that represent the true spirit of Thainess at:

www.facebook.com/ThaiWais

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“Thainess is…”

Korn Chatikavanij - Member of Parliament

Korn Chatikavanij

Member of Parliament

“Being Thai is a lot more than just rallying around a flag. There is no English equivalent to the Thai word ‘jai’. The closest you can come is ‘heart’, but that’s not it. The Thai language and way of life has more to do with the soul than the surface, which makes it very hard to define. Take for instance the simple gesture of a Thai ‘wai’. Unless you have doing it since you are young, it can seem awkward and not look Thai. At the root of this are important elements like courtesy and respect. Thais don’t like confrontation, nor to stand out and be counted. This makes our culture more tolerant because people are more willing to roll with the punches. It also has a lot to do with Buddhism. Thais are not an ideological people, and most of the world’s problems have been caused by ideology. We talk more about way of life and have a general feel of what we need to do to get along. Since we don’t confront, we try to find ways to compromise. This is a key word in Thai society and it infuriates ideological youth. Without a doubt, copying the ways of the West will inherently destroy the Thai way of life. But, politicians don’t spend time thinking about happiness as much as they do about development and economic growth. This is a shame. Do people really want to create an ‘American way of life’ here in Thailand? 90% of Thais would say no. So we really need to define Thainess, know if it’s important to people, and try to retain it while improving the quality of people’s lives through economic development. As Anand Panyarahchun said 15 years ago, “There is no Thai or Farang way. There is only the right or wrong way.”

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Earth Saiswang

President of Hotel PR Association – Thailand

“Thainess is a multi-faceted concept that can not be reduced to a simple definition. My closest explanation would be to say that: 1.Thainess springs from a common collective shared identity based on fundamental elements; Thai language and Buddhism 2. This concept provides the foundation for social harmony with respect for each other, in a hierarchical society where people display cool heads, warm hearts and gratitude. 3. Thainess is the ‘little something’ that makes Thai people who they are… While the first two elements are easier to grasp, the last one is something that can never be truly explained or understood without actually living and experiencing it. While you can ‘learn’ Thai language, you cannot learn Thainess. It is instinctive… you have to ‘feel’ it. WELCOME TO THAILAND… and experience ‘THAINESS’ !!!

ประเทศไทย? ทำไมถึงต้องเป็นประเทศไทย? คำตอบที่ฉันคิด….

ข้อแรกไม่ต้องขอวีซ่า เข้าประเทศกันได้ง่ายดาย

ข้อสองค่า ครองชีพถูก (มาก) เมื่อเทียบ กับแถบยุโรป

ข้อสามวัฒนธรรม ศิลปะ ขนบธรรมเนียมต่างๆ อาหารการกิน

และข้อสุดท้าย ความมีน้ำใจ ความใจดี รักกันแบบพี่น้อง

ไทยแลนด์ หรือ ประเทศไทย แน่นอนเรามีเอกลักษณ์เป็นของตัวเอง ไม่ว่าจะเป็นการไหว้ ความมีน้ำใจ วัฒนธรรม สถาปัตยกรรม ที่โดดเด่น การใช้ชีวิตที่เรียบง่าย นี่แหละ “ไทย” ถ้าคุณมี โอกาสได้เดินไปเที่ยววัดดังๆๆ ในกรุงเทพ คุณจะเจอชาวต่างชาติมอง     เขามองจริงๆ แล้วหยุดนิ่ง เพื่อดูความเป็นสถาปัตยกรรมไทยที่งดงาม แต่คนไทยเองนั้น…กลับมองผ่าน…ไม่คิด ไม่ชื่นชม ในความเป็นไทยเลย”

William J. Klausner - Professor - Institute of Security and Int'l Studies, Chulalongkorn University

William J. Klausner

Professor – Institute of Security and Int’l Studies, Chulalongkorn University

“A core element of the traditional Thai persona is the ‘cool heart’. One is enjoined to preserve a sense of emotional equilibrium, treading the Buddhist ideal of the Middle Path, avoiding both extremes and overt expressions of socially disruptive emotions as anger, displeasure, annoyance, hatred… Confrontation is to be avoided at all costs as any open and direct conflict makes Thais psychologically uncomfortable. However, Thais are traditionally adept at indirect expressions of antisocial emotions through gossip, anonymous letters, pamphlets, etc… Another crucial element of Thai identity is status consciousness and acceptance of hierarchy by all, whether on the lower or upper rungs of the socio-political ladder, with the Buddhist notion of Karma being interpreted as a justification for continued unaccountable control by those in power and acceptance by the disadvantaged of their exploitation. But at present, there is a burgeoning civil society, which wants to change the rules of the game by substituting equality and individual civil and political rights, for status; and popular participation, the rule of law and good governance, for unaccountable power. Positive Thai aspects include equilibrium, anti-confrontation and emotional detachment. And ‘charms worth preserving’ include ‘krengjai’, the moral imperative to be considerate towards and avoid bothering or offending others, as well as the traditional value of ‘katanyu’, or gratefulness towards one’s parents, teachers, and others who have protected or supported you. Also, the value of not hurting or impinging on the well-being of others, as well as the Four Sublime States of Consciousness; compassion, loving kindness, sympathetic joy and equilibrium. And we cannot forget the Thai smile and the love of ‘sanuk’ (fun). These attributes will assure that a more individualistic and egalitarian society that emerges is still one where respect, graciousness, gentility and civility prevails.”

 Khunying Chamnongsri Hanchanlash.- Author, Poet, Social Worker and Chairperson - Rutnin Eye Hospital 

Khunying Chamnongsri Hanchanlash

Author, Poet, Social Worker and Chairperson – Rutnin Eye Hospital

“The innate respect for others is a part of Thainess. You can see it in gestures, smiles and what you do for others. This contributes to our success in the service industry. We don’t have a strong sense of self-centeredness or egocentricity since throughout our history people have lived together very much as communities creating a notion of extended family. Thainess also includes an innate sense of tolerance that comes naturally from inside. It doesn’t count if it is done consciously. We also don’t make demands and are respectful. This can even be seen through Thai dance movements, and various Thai traditions; the Thai ‘wai’; not touching people’s heads or pointing with your feet. Foreigners are often surprised when Thais ask them their age, because their ego feels that their privacy has been invaded. But Thais ask this question out of a sense of friendliness and inclusion, extending sister and brotherhood. In the old days, when we met people and elders who we hardly knew, they immediately asked if you had already had anything to eat. This shows caring and is still seen today when everyone, even workmen, are offered at the very least a glass of ice water, if not a little something to eat, when entering a home. In the rural areas you even see jugs of water in front of homes with long stemmed ladles, so that people can have a drink. This all shows a sense of inclusion, concern and welcome. But these things are not as present as they used to be. Times change, and there are both positive and negative influences that come with the dynamics of cultural interchange that contribute to today’s fast paced life, the breaking-up of extended families and the new values of materialism.”

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Asita Vimolchaichit

Executive Marketing & E-Commerce Director

Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square

“Loving-kindness, respect, courtesy, kindness, warmth and on the top of that…

SMILES, ‘WAI’, “MAI PEN RAI – NEVER MIND”, “KRUB/KHA”, COMPROMISE, OUR ROYAL FAMILY, HIERARCHY…

AND OF COURSE we are unique, RED AND YELLOW ha ha ha!!!!”

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Pintuporn Needham

“If you ask what’s English about the English, one could say it’s their stiff upper lips, the air of propriety and upbringing, and the psychological comfort every Englishman seems to draw from his cup of tea and traditional Sunday roast and Yorkshire pudding. As for the Americans… what comes to mind when one thinks of the so-called ‘American spirit’ is probably one of generosity, something that comes with the endless refills and all you-can-eat buffets, the spirit of acceptance and tolerance of men and women of all races and religious beliefs, and the courage and patriotism displayed in the face of adversity especially in something like 9/11.

So what about Thais?

Respect pays a major part in a Thai way of life. Everybody, big and small – wai – a gesture of greeting and showing respect by pressing the palms of both hands together and bowing the head. The protocol that is understood by all is that the younger or the person in the less superior position always wais the elder or the person ‘higher up’. The elder, or person in the more superior position, always reciprocates but never initiates the wai. Respect for age and hierarchy is instilled right from an early age and often remains in every Thai for the rest of their life.

Thais have an uncanny ability to resolve problems without confrontation. Concerning ‘war’, either personal or national, Thais often prefer to ‘avoid’, with a solution rarely brought about by confrontation. The word “mai pen rai” has been interpreted by a lot of people. For me, it means something like let it go. There is no need to come to a head if it can be avoided. Problems often end up being solved in non-confrontational ways, or even left unsolved, which in some cases, may be the best way of all, to perpetuity.

As a Thai myself, what I love most about Thais is their love of family. Not unlike Latinos, Thai family members love hanging out together. More than their Caucasian counterparts, they go on holidays together, they go the temple to make merit together, and they enjoy eating together in large groups. Just like any other families in the world, Thai family members argue as well. They have rifts. They fight. But maybe it’s the respect for one another, so well-imbued within every Thai since childhood. Or maybe it’s the spirit of mai pen rai. People who are close, those bonded by blood to one another, rather let an argument or disagreement go than to win through a confrontation. Whether it’s within the confined space of a family or as a nation on the whole, this is largely how I feel Thais and Thailand have survived throughout the years.”

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Nareerat Chiumenti

Executive Secretary

“As a 30-year-old Thai person, my thoughts would be about various definitions related to the Thai way of thinking, acting or expressing ourselves on a daily basis. I would like to focus more on our behaviour and truly support Khun Korn’s definition that Thai people don’t like confrontation, preferring to compromise instead. This is the first idea that came to my thoughts. Positively, this keeps relationships going, and allows things to be handled easier without total disagreement and rejection. Negative parts to this is that compromise can be ‘grey’, not clear in the long term, as sometimes Thai people just accept things first without doubts and without asking questions or speaking up. (We really don’t think through the consequences until problems happen, and then we will just deal with it. Though this could lead a the break-up point later on.) Also, the ‘Thai smile’ can be interpreted in different ways. but it certainly makes matters less intense. The word “Mai Pen Rai” – that’s okay or no worry – reflects Thainess’ forgiveness and ‘to let go’ and live with peace of mind. I believe that Thainess customs blend well with foreign customs, but deep inside without realizing, we all still stick to our ways of living.”

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Vorranunt Songjaroen

“ความอิสระ จากพัทธะนาการทั้งปวง เมื่อเรามีอิสระไม่กังวล จิตเราจะเป็นกลาง ไม่ทุกข์ไม่สุข ทำให้เกิดความรัก ความเมตตา ความเข้าใจ ความอดทน จิตที่ดีจะไม่สร้างความแตกร้าวในหมู่เหล่า ไม่มีความอิจฉา ใครได้ดีเราก็ยินดีกับเขาด้วย”

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Peach

International Thai Professional

“I never lived in Thailand much, nor was I born here. To give an answer about Thainess someone has to have been here all their life, lived and learnt Thai customs. But I haven’t learnt everything a pure Thai person has learnt. Maybe an elderly person might be good to answer this question, but I’m not the right person to really give a good definition of Thainess!  True, I’ve been back living here in Thailand for 13 years now, but I just work and try to survive everyday life!”

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Penwadee Nophaket Manont

i n d e p e n d e n t

A r t C u r a t o r /

C u l t u r a l P r o j e c t M a n a g e r

“จุดเด่นหรือเอกลักษณ์ของความเป็นไทย คือ ความอ่อนน้อมถ่อมตน ความเกรงใจ มีสัมมาคารวะ

แต่ในขณะเดียวกันสามารถกลายเป็นจุดด้อยได้ เมื่อความเป็น “ไทย” ถูกใช้ผิดที่หรือผิดเวลา

ฉะนั้น ไม่ว่าเอกลักษณ์ของความเป็นชาติใดก็ตาม สามารถก่อให้เกิดทั้งประโยชน์และโทษ
ขึ้นอยู่กับการนำไปใช้ปฏิบัติจริงในชีวิตประจำวัน ให้ถูกต้องตามกาละและเทศะ”

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Panasporn Nopasri

Founder ‘P a M + +’ Consulting Agency

“Thai is being able to solve any problem while not having to confront each other”

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Kitiya Phornsadja - UNICEF Krissada Wongse-Araya - Opera Lover Kruti Parekh - Magician, Social Worker - India
Krairat Kaewdee - Director - Civil Registration Division of Thailand Marisa Chew Lanfaa Devahaastin
Ladda Rathirojanakul - President - HS Group Ladda Kaewmuengpet - Tourist Guide Laurien Willemse
Laurent Aublin - French Ambassador to Thailand Lieutenant General & Mrs Soonthorn Soponsiri, Dire~1_thumb[2][1] Lea Laarakker Dingjan
Loinello Noya di Lannoy - Professor of Economics Leela K. Ponappa - Ambassador - India Liz Weselby - Editor - Bangkok Post themagazine
Larry Lohman - Teacher Lucia Milazzootto - Director's Assistant - Locarno Int'l Film Festival Laurence Civil - Journalist
Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta - Director - Sathira Dhammasathan Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani - Professor of Isla~1_thumb[1][1] Mami Nakamura - Thai Language Student
Marian Tomasikova - Ambassador of the Slovak Republic Malinee Chakrabandhu' Miles Kupa - Ambassador - Australia
Mallika Iamla-Or - Arts Officer - British Council Marilyn Guidry - Registered Nurse, Hospice Volunteer - BBCSG Maleeratna Plumchitchom - Executive Vice President - Siam Commercial Bank
May Pataravarin Timkul Lutz Buschhuter - Asst. to Prof. Dr. G. Zimmer, Director & Manager - Joy's Farm Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi - Member - UBA, Cast member - 'Joseph'
Marsha McCoskrie - Communication Management - Media Marketing Specialist Martin McCann - Program Director - Plan International Marusha Gleiss - International DJ
Naphalai Areeson - President - Thai Spa Association, Managing Director - Horwath Spa Consulting Mechai Viravaidya' Mary Smith
Maytinee Bhongsvej - Executive Director - Association for the Promotion of the Status of Woman, Emergency Home Project Metheenee Kingphayom - Helping Leopards Maya Kokocinski Molero - Artist
Michael Tschuggnall - Austrian Popstar Michael Bassano Michael Shaowanasai - Artist - Actor
Nahathai Thewphaingarm - Assistant Secretary to the Minister of Pubic Health Miriam Londono Nadia Nimitvanich - Dr. Mintra & Queen Chandradevee - River of Kings V
Mohamed Latiff Bin Mohamed - Singapore Nalin Chumtup - Thai-English Editor Mohammad Younas - Student, Office Manager 'Future Generation' (Community Empowerment for a Sustainable Future) - Afghanistan
Nancy Chandler - Nancy Chandler Graphics Nandhika Varavarn - Senior Corporate Communications Director - Bangkok Airways Naowarat Keratikasemsook - Marketing Executive (Social Value & Research) - The Body Shop
Narong Sutthiruks - Asst. Executive Editor - Thansettakij Newspaper Naremol box Paul Ford - Product Manager Asia - Bridge the World
Nathanon Thavisin - Permanent Secretary - Bangkok~1_thumb[1][1] Nay Htun Neen 'Joy' Worrawittayakurn. - Joy's House and Farm - School For Life
NH Dini - Indonesia Nicolaas Bloembergen - Nobel Laureate for Physics Nina Sitapan Moller - Youth Volunteer
Nina & Gianluca Saxer Parames Rachjaibun - President - Advertising Association of Thailand Nichaya Chaivisuth
Ong-Art Klampaiboon - Member of Parliament, Spokesman - Democratic Party Parichart Jumsai na Ayudhya - Managing Directo~1_thumb[2][1] Nirmal Ghosh - Bangkok Bureau Chief - The Sunday Times, Singapore
Pariyada Discul Nyanadhammo Nittaya J. Kotchabhakdi - Director - National Institute for Child & Family Development
Pasteur Dick Patricia Corcoran - Strategic & Regional Business Manager, Nexus Patrick de Bokay - Executive Director - BKKIFF
Nick - JTYS5 - Head of Student Volunteers Nikhil Chandavarkar - Office of the Under Secretary-General - Senior Adviser Patima Tantikom - Managing Director - Kantana
Prasit Boonthun - TUNZA Associate Youth Advisor to the UN Environment Programme Paul Ford - Product Manager Asia - Bridge the World Paul J. Crutzen - Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
Paul M. Martin - Managing Director - MP&A Pavena Hongsakul Payut Ngaokrachang - President Consultant - Thai Anima 2003
 Pensri Kiengsiri - President & Advisor - Writers'~1 Pera Wells - Deputy Secretary-General -The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) Pensuda Priaram - Deputy Governor for Administration - Tourism Authority of Thailand
Peter Caprez - General Manager - JW Marriott Bangkok Peter A. Baquero - Industrial Psychologist Peter de Jong - President & CEO - Pacific Asia Travel Association - PATA
Peter Ong - Opera Singer Peter Finger - Counsellor, Press and Cultural Affairs - Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Peter Myers - Editor - Lifestyle   Travel
Peter Anthony Jackson - Fellow in Thai History - Australian National University Philip Jeyaretnam -Singapore Philip A. Braun - Professor - Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University
Pichai Chuensuksawadi Pierre-Andre Pelletier - GM - Amari Watergate Hotel Phongthep Thepkanjana  - Minister of Justice
Pinij Jarusombat - Minister of Industry Pico Iyer Pimuk Simaroj - Member of Parliament, Deputy Spokesman - Thai Ruk Thai Party
Pongpol Adireksarn - Member of Parliament Piyanuch Bangsukserm & Kipsan Beck - GS Property Management Prabda Yoon - Thailand
Prasarn Trairatvorakul - President - Kasikornbank Porntip Coates - Volunteer - BBCSG Pradap Pibulsonggram - Director-General - Department of Technical Cooperation - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Pratak Mahavongtrakul - Managing Director - SP Group Saisom Wongsasuluck - President - Caring Hearts for AIDS Foundation Philippe Laleu - Cultural Director - Alliance Francaise
Preecha Prakobkit - Managing Director - Amway Priyangsri Watanakun - Director, Fundraising Bureau - Thai Red Cross Society Purma Chandra L. Rajbhadari - Program Officer - UNEP -RRCAP
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp - President European Regi~1_thumb[1][1] Raimund Wellenhofer - General Manager - Go Thailand Tours Rachid Bouzennoun - Chairman and CEO - Hyatt 7 Co. Ltd
 Pym Isarangkura - 'Dog Chance' Canine Immunization & Neutering Programme Rangsarit Kanjanawanich - Helping Birds Rattana Lao - Student, Thommasat University - Thailand
Ratanavudh Vajarodaya - Special Activities Advisor - Bureau of the Royal Household, Vice-Chairman - River of Kings Organizing Committee Rattanaprapa Disavatana - Director of Social Affairs and Protocol - Sukhothai Hotel Raymond Eaton - Chairman - Integra Group
Renate Bloem - President - CONGO Robert Steele Rochelle Schmallenbach
Rex Morgan Robert England - UN Resident Coordinator - United Nations Development Programme Rolf von Bueren - Managing Director - Lotus Arts de Vivre
Robert Kormoczi - Saro Inter Co., Ltd Rose Chalalai Singh - Model, PR Consultant Saini K M
Runcha Boribalburibhand - Associate Judge - Family Court, Pathumthani Saichon Payaonoi - President - Plantation and Farm Design Safina Komoltamaetee - Standard Chartered Bank
Stefan Buerkle - Chief of Business Economics and Advisory Division - German-Thai Chamber of Commerce Saisuree Chutikul - Vice-Chair - UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Saksiri Koshpasharin - Managing Director - Imagimax
Sakol winning Sarah Zarawani, Mona Zarawani & Charn Zarawani Chanon Santichai Euachongprasit - Deputy Governor for Tourism Products - Tourism Authority of Thailand
Salinee Panyarachun Samak Sundravej - Governor of Bangkok Saralee Kittiyakorn Jirathiwat - Helping Slow Lorises
Satana Tantraporn - Member - UBA, Cast member - 'Joseph' Sharon Kania - Patient Shinichiro Okuyama - Co-Chairperson - World Youth Peace Summit
Sheila Shyamprasad, MD - Coordinator, AIDS Desk - National Lutheran Health & Medical Board of India Shaun Colligan - Managing Director - Nokia Mobile Phones Shirin Ebadi - 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate
Sherry Conisbee - Soi-Dog Rescue Foundation Scot A. Rutherford - Managing Partner - Rim Partners Consulting Somruthai Prasarttong-Osoth
Shovana Traxl Narayan - Indian Kathak Classical Dance Sirikorn Maneerin - Deputy Minister of Education Sirin Rongthong - MD - LadySirin
Sirithorn Rutnin - Managing Director - Rutnin Eye Hospital Sitthichai Wattanasaranon - President - ASSEAY Thailand Sitthiphan Boonyapisomparn - Outreach Supervisor - PSI Asia
Sjoerd Bakker Somjai Reiss Somboon Duangsamosorn - Director - Information Cultural Exchange Centre, The World Buddhist University
Somsak Thepsutin - Minister of Industry Srisamorn Kongpun Somtow Sucharitkul - Artistic Director - Bangkok Opera
Tui Thiraphat Sajakul - Prince Suriyendra - River of Kings V Stella Choe - Consultant - UNICEF Smith Sein Lynn - Artist
Stephane Re - Assistant Vice-President, Finance & Control - Nestle Suangsuda Sopapun - Assistant to the President - Emerald Hotel Stirling Silliphant - Writer
Supatana Atorn-Phtai' Sumedho Supornthip Choungrangsee - Managing Director - 124 Communications
Sukunya Uthaisan - Blind Student - Matayom 4 (#1 in science-math, Khon Kaen Province) Surakiart Sathirathai - Minister of Foreign Affairs Surapee Vasinonta - Director General
Surayud Chulanont - Privy Councillor Tameer Barnslee - Artist & Hospice Fundraiser Suwit Khunkitti - Minister of Education
Surichai Wun'Gaeo - Director - Centre for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University Tehuirangi Waikerepuru & Raewyn Teurutahi Edw~1_thumb[1][1] Teerabul Songvich - Thai Designer
Tero Raassina - Consultant Terri M. Ford - Director of Advocacy - AIDS Healthcare Foundation Thaksin Shinawatra - Prime Minister
Thamrin Bachri - Deputy Minister - Indonesia Ministry of Culture & Tourism Thanom Chapakdee - Lecturer   Art Critic - Rangsit University Thong U-Dompol - Soi-Dog Artist
Theap Vongpakay - Laos Thepsophon - Rector - Mahachulongkornrajavid~1_thumb[1][1] Toi Ungkavatanapong - 'Colour Theory' Artist
Thorsten Eisingerish - Charge d'Affaires - Austrian Embassy Tripob Limpraphat - Helping Pangolins Troy Cloud - Vice-President, General Manager -Techformation Enterprises
Zakaria Ali - Malaysia Udayakanya Bhanubandhu U Htin Gyi
Uraiwan Kornvityasinn - Manager - Chulalongkorn University Book Centre Uwe Morawetz - Chairman - International Peace Foundation Usapan Swasdio - Journalist, Policy & Planning Analyst, NECTEC
Vallop Thaineua - Permanent Secretary - Minis~1_thumb[1][1] Vanida Isarankura Na Ayuthaya - Treasurer - Children's International Summer Villages Varawut Silpa-Archa - Secretary to the Minister - Ministry of Tourism and Sports
Vichoke Mukdamanee - Associate Professor, Director - Silpakorn University Art Centre Viphandh Roengpithya Viseth Svengsuksa - Laos
Visit  Dejkumtorn - President - 'Fun for Friends' Warit Krittaphol & Soontareeyapap Punyodyana Watanyoo Mungmai (Man)
Vladimir Martynenko - International Director - Loewe Wanee Sananwatananont - Managing Director - Family Direct Wichian Watanakun - President - Alliance Francaise
Wilhelm Mayer _ Managing Director - Envirotec William Sayce - Pan Pacific Hotel William J. Klausner - Professor - Institute of Security and Int'l Studies, Chulalongkorn University
Willie McIntosh - Helping Tigers Wilma Laarakker Yothin Sommano - Vocational Education Commission - Ministry of Education
Wimolbhawanacham - Abbot - Phumrinkudeethong Temple Winitta Kongtoranin - Vice-President - Insight Info Yves Thoraval - Film Historian - BKKIFF Judge

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One response to “‘Thainess’

  • Ulla Jensen

    Such a wealth of knowledge here – amazing work !
    - You may remember that my children are Thai – and when they become a bit older I’m sure this will become a source of information when they need to know more about their cultural heritage.
    Very well written and documented. I’ll go through this in more detail a day when I’m missing Krung Thep (which happens very often !)
    Keep it all coming, JJ – this is great !!! Lots of love, Ulla

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