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Blog Archive January 2011


Every country with newspapers and magazines and television knows that crime attracts an audience. There is an insatiable hunger for the drama created by a bloody crime. Grief stricken relatives and neighbours. The inevitable questions arise as to motives, relationships, connections and history of the people involved. Thailand is no different. You learn a great deal about a culture by reading about their crime stories. We process the ideas and attitudes in a culture by understanding what they decide are crimes and what kinds of punishments befit those crimes.

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Posted: 2/3/2011 10:09:51 PM 


The Rage of a New Ancestor

The Rage of a New Ancestor. 2010 New Asian Writing Short Story Anthology, edited by Declan OíSullivan and illustrated by Katherine Jones is the first volume published by New Asian Writing, a small independent press based in Bangkok.. The fourteen short stories that make up this collection are the labour of writers from very different backgrounds and various parts of the world, each one written with an attentive eye turned towards the Asian world they have experienced or lived in. Both native and non-native speakers of English language, from Indonesia, Singapore, India, Jordan, the United States of America, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Romania, and England have sent their contributions to the New Asian Writing anthology, thus helping us to bring together distinct voices from a vast array of geographic locations.

Link: http://www.new-asian-writing.com/?p=316

Posted: 1/28/2011 6:01:54 AM 


Hive Workers in the New, Interconnected World

I write about crime. Iíve been writing for more than twenty-five years. Thatís an average life sentence for murder. I believe that criminals and the criminal justice system are a window into our values, morality, and the way we define ourselves. Over a dozen of my novels are about crime in Asia, mainly set in Thailand. The world in which I started to be published with His Lordshipís Arsenal in 1985 has changed in significant ways. It is time that as a writer I sit back and assess what the world of 2011 looks like from the point of view of an author who has been riding the literary train for a quarter of a century. What is derailing that train can be summed up in one word: internet. The place where you are reading this: on a computer screen, a smart phone, an iPad, or another of the long list of devices that make you feel the experience of real time.

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Posted: 1/27/2011 10:07:53 PM 


Thai Nak Lengs, Jao Pohs & Crime in the Days of Wikileaks: GLOBAL JAIL TIME IN THE DAYS OF WIKILEAKS

Given the vast collection of regulations, administrative rulings and laws, sooner or later just about everyone has committed a crime. As in Orwellís Animal Farm where all animals arenít equal, nor are all criminal equally subject to be being processed through the criminal justice system. A case can be made that Pareto Principle applies to crime. That is the bottom 20% of the socio-economic population represents 80% of those who are imprisoned. Class and crime go together like a glove and hand. Criminals thrive on ambush and secrecy. In the days of Wikileaks, CCTV cameras, tracking of cell phone, emails, and so on secrecy is on the way out. Like an evaporated river bed we are starting to see the bottom for the first time.

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Posted: 1/20/2011 9:36:13 PM 



An election must be close in Thailand.

The Thai government recently announced plans to reduce crime by 20%. As an election will be called this year, an anti-crime campaign is popular. Voters like the idea of the government cracking down on criminals. No one has thought to ask how those in government arrived at 20% as opposed to 17.5% or 22.3%. Maybe they just like nice round numbers. A fortune-tellerís consultation might be another possibility as numbers are often selected in this fashion for the lottery. And when anyone talks about reducing crime, they are in the same realm as predicting the winning lottery number.

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Posted: 1/14/2011 1:25:11 AM 



When someone says the past is a foreign land, they describe a lot of old movies and TV shows. Minorities were cut out figures in films and TV that played to our collective prejudices. The black kid named Buckwheat in Our Gang, the North American Indian Tonto in the Lone Ranger, Chinese women in the World According to Suzie Wong, and Chinese men in Charlie Chan.

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Posted: 1/6/2011 9:55:53 PM 



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