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I have beaten around the bush long enough. I think it is finally time that I introduce you to another piece of the little world that I now call home: The King’s College.

In Thailand, education is defined by Primary and Secondary schools. Essentially Primary is grades 1st -6th, in Thai this is call Pathom (prounced Pa-tom). And Secondary is grades 7th -12th, referred to at Mathayom (pronounced Ma-tee-ohm). I teach Mathayom 1 and 2. In America I would be teaching 7th and 8th grade. My school is a mixture of both, ranging from Pathom 5 - Mathayom 6.

Now, let me give you a brief background on my school. The name of the school is The King’s College. There are two King’s Colleges in Thailand, the other is located in Bangkok, but my school is the original. The campus was founded by King Rama V, who is easily one of the most celebrated kings in Thai history for his education reform and progression toward modernity and westernization.

The King’s Colleges are the only two schools that hold the King’s seal of approval for traditional Thai education. And get this; in order to actually graduate from school or university you must receive your diploma directly from the Royal Family. Which means, that you may complete your education but you will not be deemed “graduated” until your province is paid a visit from a member of the monarchy, who will physically distribute degrees. However, at the King’s College every year during commencement ceremonies the King or Crown Prince will come to my campus and “graduate” each student.

My school is technically considered a public institution but tuition fees are mandatory and the application process is rigorous. Not only are academics tested, but also physical endurance and strength are largely taken into account. Suffice it to say, my students come from very privileged backgrounds. Bearing that in mind, the simple prestige that goes along with attending the King’s College, and the fact that English is a no-fail subject in Thailand many of my students don’t give a shit about my class.

And the final, and possibly, most important aspect about my school; it’s an all boys preparatory boarding school. In short, I am surrounded my boys. I literally see them crawling out of the woodwork. Ok, maybe not literally but I can imagine it happening. Prior to moving, all of the research that I had done on Thai culture pointed to a rather un-PDA society. This is quite the contrary to my students. I will find them sprawled out on each other’s laps, heads resting in a variety of positions, and embracing or slapping one-another all day long. I believe that this is largely due to the microcosm in which they live, nevertheless I find myself yelling, “hands to yourself!” more than I’d like to. 

I have already grown to enjoy some of my students. A number of them are bright, happy, eager to learn and equally quick to question the grammar of my English. No matter how redundant or simplistic, I love the questions because it shows that the wheels of thought are turning.

Unfortunately, I spend a large portion of my lessons simply focusing on classroom management. Devoting ample time to establish that Teacher M. (Meredith is too difficult for proper pronunciation) has no tolerance for misbehavior. Even if this means calling in the “big guns.” Corporal punishment is openly employed here. One core teacher in particular has informed me that the students “listen better when they are in pain.” I don’t want to get into too much detail on this topic because I understand that this is a cultural difference and I also believe a bit of discretion is ideal when discussing this.

A “pro” of being at an all-boys school: in my recent injured-state I could always find volunteers to carry my books and bag. I would be hobbling down the halls and receive an offer of help. It will come as no surprise that the older boys give their assistance much more freely. And on that note, I must make mention that a fair number of the Mathayom 6’s do not look like Seniors in high school. I don’t know what they put in the water here but many don’t look like boys, rather men instead. I could easily age them at a solid 21. Now, don’t get any weird ideas in your head. 

And on that note, it seems that I have nearly run out of space in which to type and with your attention obviously dwindling I will have to resume further discussion on teaching soon. Consider this installment #1.

In the meantime cheers ya’ll! I don’t know why I’ve taken to saying “ya’ll” here… also my English is getting progressively worse. I apologize. 

Operatic struggles

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

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CHINESE OPERA IN THAILAND

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Nakhon Pathom February 8, 2016 1:00 am

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The Lau San Chia Soon troupe performs in Nakhon Pathom. Mangkorn Supongpan, 62, whose parents founded Lau San Chia Soon, says there are now fewer than 20 mobile groups like…

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A big variety of flowers, including many orchids, on display and for sale at the Nakhon Pathom Orchid Fair in Buddha Monthon district, that continues until Sunday. (Photo by Tawatchai Khemgumnerd)


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Rose Garden Thai Village even buiten Bangkok

Rose Garden Thai Village even buiten Bangkok

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Een kleine dertig kilometer buiten Bangkok ligt Rose Garden Thai Village ofwel het Nakhon Pathorn Cultural Center. Rose Garden is een populaire bestemming geworden, omdat je er veel vindt wat echt en oorspronkelijk Thais is zoals dansen en Thai boksen.

Op een immens groot stuk grond liggen  de ‘attracties’ een beetje verspreid. Het thema van Rose Garden is het echte Thailand te laten zien anders…

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Rose Garden Thai Village even buiten Bangkok

Rose Garden Thai Village even buiten Bangkok

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Een kleine dertig kilometer buiten Bangkok ligt Rose Garden Thai Village ofwel het Nakhon Pathorn Cultural Center. Rose Garden is een populaire bestemming geworden, omdat je er veel vindt wat echt en oorspronkelijk Thais is zoals dansen en Thai boksen.

Op een immens groot stuk grond liggen  de ‘attracties’ een beetje verspreid. Het thema van Rose Garden is het echte Thailand te laten zien anders…

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No cremation for “child angels”

No cremation for “child angels”

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/No-cremation-for-child-angels-30278416.html

CHILD ANGEL DOLL

Arithat Pornasawayothin,


Onkanya Limsamphan
The Nation February 3, 2016 1:00 am

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A Nakhon Pathom-based temple abbot yesterday revealed that he had turned down requests by several owners of “child angels” for doll cremations,…

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Chinese opera struggles in Thailand despite ancestral links (VIDEO)

Chinese opera struggles in Thailand despite ancestral links (VIDEO)

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NAKHON PATHOM (Thailand), Feb 7 — Thai performers caked in make-up belt out the piercing notes of Chinese opera—an art form under threat by changing cultural habits and demographics in a kingdom reshaped by centuries of immigration from the north. With Chinese New Year kicking off next week, the nomadic “Lau San Chia Soon” troupe, who pitch their stage wherever they are invited, are expecting a…

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Despite ancestral links, Chinese opera struggles in Thailand

Thai performers caked in make-up belt out the piercing notes of Chinese opera – an art form under threat by changing cultural habits and demographics in a kingdom reshaped by centuries of immigration from the north.

With Chinese New Year kicking off next week, the nomadic “Lau San Chia Soon” troupe, who pitch their stage wherever they are invited, are expecting a particularly busy few days.

But this eye-catching form of musical theatre is struggling as younger generations of Thais look for entertainment elsewhere, something performers desperately want to change.

“The history of Chinese opera is getting forgotten and is vanishing as new generations don’t really know much about it,” 25-year-old Natnicha Saeung, who began performing with this troupe at the age of 13, tells AFP from a recent performance in Nakhon Pathom, a province to the west of Bangkok.

Her colleague Chukiat Thippan, 23, agrees.

“There are not many people watching Chinese operas now,” he tells AFP behind a hastily erected temporary stage.

“Some of the older Thai-Chinese people passed away and the new generations don’t really continue the tradition.”

About 14 percent of the Thai population is ethnic Chinese following centuries of immigration and assimilation. Many more have Chinese roots among their forebears.

But the number of Thais of Chinese descent who understand the ‘Teochew’ dialect used by this group of singers is dwindling.

There was a time when nomadic Chinese opera troupes like this were a common feature of the Thai landscape, travelling from village to village bringing the entertaining sights and sounds of a tradition that dates back centuries.

Mangkorn Supongpan, 62, whose parents founded Lau San Chia Soon, says there are now fewer than 20 mobile groups like his travelling across Thailand.

He admits it’s hard to attract people to the lifestyle. Performers raise their children, eat and sleep beneath the stage, packing it up and all their belongings every few days to move to a new venue.

“It’s a hard life because we barely go back home, we perform all year long, non-stop,” he says.

Few will see riches either. The average monthly wage for a performer is between 10-20,000 baht ($280-$560) depending on their role.

Most communities that invite operas to perform do it more as a way to honour ancestors than to entertain the masses.

But some among the largely elderly crowd watching the troupe’s performance that night hope younger generations might be inspired to give Chinese opera a try.

“People now stay home and watch TV,” says Prasit Puthiprapa, a sprightly 81-year-old.

“But watching Chinese opera is like watching movies and soap operas, it’s good fun especially when you pay attention to it,” he adds, somewhat admonishingly.

At the start of the show shortly after dusk, dozens sit on plastic chairs watching the drama unfold.

But by the time it wraps up around midnight, just a solitary audience member and a street dog remain.

The troupe aren’t bothered though. By morning, the stage will be gone and they’ll be off to the next village.

Despite ancestral links, Chinese opera struggles in Thailand

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Thai performers caked in make-up belt out the piercing notes of Chinese opera – an art form under threat by changing cultural habits and demographics in a kingdom reshaped by centuries of immigration from the north. With Chinese New Year kicking off next week, the nomadic “Lau San Chia Soon” troupe, who pitch their stage wherever they are invited, are expecting a particularly busy few days. “The history of Chinese opera is getting forgotten and is vanishing as new generations don’t really know much about it,” 25-year-old Natnicha Saeung, who began performing with this troupe at the age of 13, tells AFP from a recent performance in Nakhon Pathom, a province to the west of Bangkok.




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