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Meet Rusameekae, Thailand’s Half-Black LGBT Star

BANGKOK — “I’ve never seen a negro toot!” a market stall lady shouted loudly, at Rusameekae while he was strolling at the market, using slang for effeminate gay man. He was 15.

Museum Explores Contested History of Bangkok’s Most Political Avenue

BANGKOK — Perhaps no road in Bangkok is as contested in politics and in history as Ratchadamnoen Avenue, which runs for 1.2 kilometer in what used to be Bangkok’s city center in its older years.

Cinema at Scala Shuts Down, But Its Future is Unclear

BANGKOK — For 51 years, Scala Theatre was a temple to film in the heart of downtown Bangkok. With its closure Sunday, Scala’s death spells the end of the last remaining stand-alone theater in the capital.

Orphaned Teen Paints Landscapes of His Town for College Money

KALASIN — With each painting of lush wet rice fields with leaping catfish, each blooming lotus pond with palms in the background brings one 18-year-old boy closer to his dream of being an architect – and preserving his hometown’s beautiful environment.
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Thai Manga about Northern Food Wins Silver at Japan Manga Awards

TOKYO — A Thai comic book about a family cooking northern cuisine featuring northern dialect placed second in Japan’s prestigious manga competition, the Embassy of Japan in Bangkok announced Monday.
A children playing virtual reality flight simulator at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum.

Get Into 64 Museums Nationwide for 299 Baht (and No ‘Farang Price’)

BANGKOK — If you’re sick of strolling aimlessly through malls, why not enrich your weekends at museums about the capital’s old quarter, or the country’s little-known aviation marvels with an all-access, 299-baht pass.

A Guide for X’Mas 2019 Celebration in Bangkok (That Doesn’t Involve Malls)

We gave it a try and compiled the following guide for X’mas normies who prefer the “old ways.”
A still of Sommai Molbaek from “Heartbound.” Image: Magic Hour Films

‘It’s Not All Sabai Sabai,’ Matchmaker of Thai Women and Danish Men Says

Filmed over a decade by a group of anthropologists, "Heartbound" follows Korat native Sommai, the first Thai wife in the Danish district of Thy, and the Isaan women she matches up with the local men.

Gov’t Gifts Thai-Designed Holy Vestment to Pope Francis

BANGKOK — Four papal outfits made by a Thai designer were delivered to Pope Francis by the Thai government as a gift to mark his visit to the kingdom on Thursday.
Promotional models pose for photos at a government event promoting Loy Krathong festival in Bangkok on Oct. 30, 2018.

Why Thai Muslims Don’t Celebrate Loy Krathong (But Christians Do)

To the country’s second largest religious group, the river festival is empty of meaning, and to pay homage to it through gaiety is profane.

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