Thomas Crampton

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Yahoo Asia: Old-Style Journalism Meets Bloggers

Apr 8, 2011

Yahoo Southeast Asia appears to have developed a rather successful formula for mixing old-style journalism with new media. ComScore ranks the portal as number one for news in four of five Southeast Asian markets. The key to this success has been reach and diversity of content, according to the site’s managing editor, Alan Soon. I

Abhisit: Thailand is Coming Back

Jun 17, 2010

Extracts from a press briefing given last week by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at the World Economic Forum’s East Asia Summit. Apologies for the low quality, I shot it with my mobile phone. I believe this is the only video record of the conference.

Curtis Winston

Mar 21, 2009

Curtis Winston

Curtis Winston has been based in Bangkok as a journalist and film critic since 2003. He is also known as Wise Kwai, author of the popular Thai Film Journal. If you learn one thing from Winston, it should be this – see Tears of the Black Tiger – it was this film that got him

Thaksin Shinawatra

Mar 16, 2009

Thaksin Shinawatra

Thailand’s most controversial and – by some measures – most popular Prime Minister in recent Thai history, Thaksin served in office from 2001 to 2006. He was deposed by a military coup and convicted in absentia of abusing power. Prior to politics, Thaksin was a policeman who made it big selling computer to the force.

Crisis? ASEAN Unveils New Anthem

Mar 2, 2009

Crisis? ASEAN Unveils New Anthem

Faced with the greatest economic meltdown since the great depression, the ASEAN meeting in Thailand this week took the only logical action for Asian ministers: Sing a song. With a top flight choir from the Royal Thai Navy and lyrics that only a committee of government officials could love, let history take note that the

Funny Thaksin headline

Jan 19, 2009

Funny Thaksin headline

This headline, from an article in The Nation in Thailand, was recently brought to my attention. The article, which ran on page 1, refers to my blog posting with Thaksin last month. Irony was running strong in the newsroom with the editor who wrote the headline. The story got numerous pick-ups and the video was

Best 10 Thai films of 2008

Jan 17, 2009

Thai cinema has developed incredibly since I lived there in the 1990s. Production values have improved and story lines are getting better – though many films still focus on Ghost stories. Curtis Winston, aka wisekwai, has obsessively followed and blogged on Thai film for years now. For the first time, Curtis has doubled the size

La Litterature francaise d’Indochine et des colonies

Dec 24, 2008

Francois Dore, qui tient la Librarie du Siam et des Colonies a Bangkok, mene une visite de sa collection. Sa specialite c’est la litterature francaise d’Indochine. Toutes les semaines il ecrit un portrait d’un auteur francais d’Indochine. Adresse: Librairie du Siam et des Colonies, 645/42-43 Petchaburi Rd. Au fond d’une cour, face à Pantip Plaza.

Francois Dore: Opium in French Indo-China

Dec 24, 2008

Francois Dore, an impassioned collector of books about French Indochine, talks about the role of opium in the literature and lifestyle. Francois claims to have the largest collection of French literature from Indochine. He gave a guided tour of his remarkable bookshop (in French) posted here. Address: Librairie du Siam et des Colonies, 645/42-43 Petchaburi

What is Asia Times Online?

Dec 22, 2008

Shawn Crispin, Southeast Asia editor of Asia Times Online, explains his job at the site claiming to be the largest English-language news website on Asia. Shawn answers questions as to how the site distinguishes itself from the mainstream media and whether the site takes a political stance. Disclosure: Many years ago (1995-97) I worked at

Shawn Crispin: Thaksin is finished

Dec 22, 2008

Following my interviews with former Thai prime minister in exile Thaksin Shinawatra (who warned that a coup in Thailand would be bloody), the ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan (who said that Thailand’s constitution may need amending), I spoke yesterday with Shawn Crispin, Southeast Asia editor for Asia Times Online. In addition to covering Thailand for

Surin Exclusive: Thai constitution may need amending

Dec 3, 2008

NOTE TO READERS: I don’t normally follow Thai politics so closely, but follow my exclusive interview with Thaksin, the former leader in exile, readership of Thai-related items has shot up. HONG KONG, Dec 3 – Surin Pitsuwan, secretary general of ASEAN and Thai foreign minister, today said it could take “weeks” before the political situation

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