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Tag: Thailand

Thai New Year in Taoyuan

Thousands of Thai people gathered at the Taoyuan Stadium today to celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year. The festival is also known as the Water Festival and often includes riotous water fights. It was a beautiful sunny day for the event in Taoyuan, although the water throwing was rather tame in comparison to what goes [...]

2009 Taipei Book Exhibition

The Taipei International Book Exhibition (台北國際書展) is now on at the Taipei World Trade Centre. It opened for the trade yesterday and to the public today. The exhibition features a huge range of books from Taiwanese and international publishers. ShareFacebookGoogle BuzzTumblrStumbleUponInstapaperRedditPosterousDiggPinboardDelicious

Two photo exhibitions in Taipei

Today I visited two photo exhibitions in Taipei. The World Press Photo Exhibition (世界新聞攝影展) was in B2 of the Eslite Dunhua Store (敦南成品B2藝文間). The exhibition contains over 200 photos and absorbing all of them and their meaning takes some time. Many of the photos highlight war, conflict and poverty. After I had spent some time [...]

Puppet museum

Today I visited the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum (林柳新紀念偶戲博物館). It is located in the Dadaocheng area, which was once the heart of Taipei, but is now somewhat neglected. Nearby is Dihua Street (迪華街) which is famous for selling cloth and Chinese medicine and also contains the Xiahai City God Temple (霞海城隍廟). A stone's throw [...]

Thailand reflects on Taiwan

An editorial in The Nation yesterday reflects on the poor treatment of Thai workers in Taiwan and what it really means for Thailand. The labour situation in highly industrialised Taiwan is, in a number of ways, similar to what is happening in Thailand: the demand for unskilled and semi-skilled labour far outstrips supply, necessitating import [...]

Thai workers protest

Hundreds of Thai workers started a riot in Kaohsiung on Sunday night in protest against poor working conditions. Among their grievances were bans on alcohol, mobile phones and buying food from outside. Reading the news reports it seems that the conditions under which the workers were employed were little better than being in prison. The [...]