ICAS Event: Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker on "Thailand at a Turning Point?"

Thursday, June 24th, 2010
7:00 p.m. door open (7:30 p.m. start)
TUJ Azabu Hall 212 (Access)
Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker
Robert Dujarric
Free. Open to general public.
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On May 19, 2010, Thailand suffered one of the worst days of violence in its modern history. For the last five years, its politics have been in turmoil. What's behind this? Where is it leading?

To help us understand these questions, Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker will lead a discussion to help us understand events in in Thailand.

About the Speakers

Pasuk Phongpaichit took her BA and MA from Monash University, Australia, and her PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. She is now Professor of Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. She has written widely in Thai and English on the Thai economy, Japanese investment, the sex industry, corruption, and the illegal economy; including Corruption and Democracy in Thailand (1994), and Guns, Girls, Gambling, Ganja: Thailand’s Illegal Economy and Public Policy (1998).

Chris Baker is English, has a PhD from Cambridge University, and taught at Cambridge. In 1979, he moved to Thailand, worked in business, and taught occasionally at several universities. Now he works independently as a writer, editor, and researcher. He edited the pioneer issue of the Thailand Human Rights Journal (2003), and The Society of Siam: Selected Articles for the Siam Society’s Centenary (2004), and co-edited Recalling Local Pasts: Autonomous History in Southeast Asia (2002), and Van Vliet’s Siam (2005). He has also translated works by King Rama V, the Communist Party of Thailand, Nidhi Eoseewong, Seksan Prasertkul, and others.

Together they have written A History of Thailand (CUP, 2005); Thailand: Economy and Politics (OUP, 1995; second edition 2002) which won the 1997 national research prize (for the Thai version) and has been published in Japanese; Thailand’s Boom and Bust (1998); and Thaksin (2004; second edition 2009). They write regularly in the Bangkok press, and have been invited to write editorials for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. They are currently working on a translation of the Thai folk epic poem, Khun Chang Khun Phaen.

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

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