Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Elephants at Maesa Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai Thailand


Dear NY Times:

When I first saw the article "Caution: Elephants Brake for Food on Bangkok's Roads" written by Mr. Thomas Fuller, I was very excited. I have been living in the United States for ten years and any reminiscence of my home, Thailand, is a joy for me to see and read. However, I was disappointed with the article after I read it. Mr. Fuller wrote the article from a perfect journalistic perspective, which included interviews with the locals and concise historical research. However, as a Thai woman who grew up in Bangkok and then lived in Khao Yai National Park where the majority of elephants reside peacefully in their own habitat, I feel that Mr. Fuller's article was a bit superficial and rife with stereotypes. For example, it would be nice to read something from Thailand without seeing words like "illegal activities", "fake watch", "pirated DVD", "red-light district", "a Go Go bar", and of course "bar girls". Yes, the article was about elephants in Bangkok, but there are many areas in Bangkok and other parts of the country that can provide Mr. Fuller with an elephant dwelling experience. Although I cannot deny that it is much quicker and easier to find news sources in the red-Light district.

Furthermore, the ending of the article is bit biased toward humans.
The article portrayed the elephant as "powerful, restless creatures prone to rebellion" and as "fierce" creatures. I grew up with a different view of elephants. For me, they are smart, gentle, and spiritual. In my opinion, it is not the elephant who is restless and rebellious. It is the human being who is powerful and fierce. I have written a small article titled "Under Elephants" (attached file) for your consideration. I hope that it may describe the more direct relationship between Thai people and elephants. Thank you so much.

Varinthorn Christopher

Monday, January 7, 2008

Harrell Fletcher's Winter Assignment

Social Practice students got the Winter Assignment from Harrell. Below is the email
"So for this assignment I'd like you all to do a project that involves (collaborates with or works with as a subject) a non-art type person or people, that has a public venue (which just means that some set of people from the general public can experience it without going to a special venue) and that you document it with at least one image and a simple text description that is then posted on your blog".

I decided to do a commercial for the Thai food cart. The theme is "Home Coming" which inspired by how I feel when I introduced myself to the owner. Like other Social Practice project I started by introduce myself & what I'm doing (but this time I spoke in Thai). Many times I found that people are sort of suspicious & afraid but the first thing he said to me is "Hey are you hungry? Sit. Let me make you something to eat". One sentense transferred me to the other side of the world, the side I was born & raised, the side that is my home. The owner happened to be a camera man from Thailand. He did many famous Thai movies. I am a bit embarrassed of my pathetic student short film. But I hope to get better soon.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Siamese Buckaroo Radio Episode one

Listen to The Siamese Buckaroo Radio Episode one from Khao Chae Here
But if you are lazy to go there below is the player. You can now download & listen to us through your i-pod or your phone. We are everywhere! Find us & Rss feed us at iTune, Podbean, Podcast Pickle, Podcast Alley & Podcast Directory. More new episode coming soon!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year 2008

NEW YEAR 2008 Report from the Siamese Buckaroo Production.
We have our own You Tube channel now! Click on the blog title to visit.

Have you seen the new update of Khao Chae lately? If not check it out!
Also I might start posting something in Thai. But I know my main readers are English speakers so sorry English speakers for your inconvenience.

Chai Yo


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