Sunday, December 9, 2007

Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand



One of the more important public lectures of the year takes place in Bangkok this Thursday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. Sure to be a sellout, so if you plan on attending, get your tickets in advance.

Coup, Capital, and Crown
Two Books on Thailand Today

Thursday, December 13 at 8:00 pm
Cover charge for non-members: 300 Baht


With Thailand’s upcoming election looking ever more like a retreat into the past, two new books look at the legacy of the 1997 financial crisis, the Thaksin years, the 2006 military coup, and the resurgence of royalism. The FCCT is delighted to provide members and guests with an opportunity to hear the authors speak and to buy advance copies of their books at a discount.

The first book on the 2006 coup, edited by Kevin Hewison and Michael Connors, contains ten articles by Thai and foreign scholars. Published as a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Asia, it addresses several critical questions: How did the anti-Thaksin movement develop? What did Thaksin’s populism mean? How does the rural voter think? How did a royalist army develop? What was the impact of the Asian crisis on crown finances? Why was there rivalry between monarchy and Thaksin? And what should we conclude from Thailand’s on-off romance with democracy?

Thai Capital after the 1997 Crisis, edited by Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, two veteran analysts of contemporary Thailand, will be published early next year by Silkworm Books. It examines the impact of the 19997 financial crash on Thailand’s business, society, and politics, tackling such issues as the survival of Thai conglomerates, how the Crown Property Bureau bucked the trend, and what happened to business and politics in Thailand’s provinces. Other chapters explore the auto industry, retail megastores, and mobile communications, as well as the new pattern of business, politics, and corruption.

The panel of speakers will include the following prominent academics and authors:

- Professor Kevin Hewison, University of North Carolina;

- Professor Pasuk Phongpaichit of Chulalongkorn University;

- Dr Porphant Ouyyanont of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University;

- Ukrist Pathmanand of Chulalongkorn University.

Both books will be on sale during this event at a discount to their retail price.

FCCT Newsletter Link

reposted from FriskoDude

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