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International Disabled People’s Day celebrated in Chiang Mai

International Conference on Religion and Globalization coming to Chiang Mai

Charity concert coming to CMU next weekend

Northern Penitentiary Products Exhibition coming soon

Festival for Chiang Mai ‘foodies’

Golf courses prepare for Korean tourists

Everything’s coming up roses!

Rock Shocks the Cold tonight

International Disabled People’s Day celebrated in Chiang Mai

Metinee Chaikuna

November 22nd was the International Disabled People’s Day, and in Chiang Mai there were activities to mark this day at the Rajabhat Institute.

Deaf students from the Anusarn Sunthorn School for the Deaf perform traditional Thai dance.

Deaf students from the Anusarn Sunthorn School for the Deaf wear pretty smiles during their traditional Thai dance performance.

The day began with a parade comprised of disabled people from the North which commenced at the parking area for the BK Moo Kra Ta Restaurant, behind the Rimping Superstore. The parade moved through the streets to end at the Rajabhat Institute. The performances by the disabled students from schools in Chiang Mai were part of the opening ceremony.

In the grounds of the Rajabhat Institute there were stalls with products made by disabled students as well as service booths from hospitals in Chiang Mai demonstrating how they could serve the disabled.

Disabled students from Srisangwan School watch the stage performances.

Disabled students from Kaveela Anukul School perform a “hip” dance on stage.

A seminar covering the topic of “Thai disabled life’s quality development” was held with Chusak Kantayanont, the consultant to minister of social and human security development; Nartawadee Poompang, a blind student from Chiang Mai University; Wittaya Songkham, a member of the Chiang Mai parliament; Sanit Suriya, the president of the disabled people’s movement in Chiang Mai and Major Naras Jitrak, a chaplain from the 33rd military. One of the seminar’s goals was to request from the government more quality of life for the Thai disabled.

The day finished with a concert, comedians and clowns, and performances by disabled children.

International Conference on Religion and Globalization coming to Chiang Mai

The Institute for the Study of Culture and Religion at Payap University announced that an international conference will take place from July 27 - August 2, 2003 in Chiang Mai. From now on, Payap University will accept program proposals, covering full panel presentations as well as individual paper proposals.

Prof. Saeng Chandrangam, one of the senior advisors of the advisory committee from Payap University for the International Conference on Religion and Globalization.

Proposals will be welcomed around 5 broad conference themes, whereby full panel proposals are for 2-hour sessions, and individual paper proposals are for 30-minute presentations. The themes are:

1) Religious Diversity and Interfaith Relations in a Global Age - including topics concerning religious pluralism, missions, religious conflict and reconciliation, and inter-religious dialogue.

2) Religion and Global Society: including themes related to social and economic justice, ecological concerns, human rights, structural violence, gender, tourism, prostitution, AIDS/HIV, media technology, arts, culture and other facts of life in our contemporary world viewed from religious perspectives.

3) Religious Reform and Reformulation for a Global Age: including themes, tasks and issues focusing on the transformation of religious doctrines, ritual, practices, institutions, et cetera that are related to the process of globalization.

4) Historical Perspectives in Inter-religious Interaction: Case studies.

5) Methodological and Philosophical Issues in Intercultural and Inter-religious Communication and Exchanges.

Proposals should be sent via email to [email protected] mkzc.org with a copy to [email protected] Deadline for submission is January 31, 2003.

Additional information can be obtained from the website: www.religionandculture.org, and further inquiries may be made through Professor John Butt at Payap University, Chiang Mai (email: [email protected] cm.ksc.co.th), or Professor Ruben Habito, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA (email: [email protected] mail.smu.edu), or Rebecca Lomax, Ph.D., Conference Coordinator, Payap University, Email: [email protected]

Charity concert coming to CMU next weekend

Suan Anya Funds, the Center for the Promotion of Arts and Culture of Chiang Mai University and the Petroleum Authority of Thailand Public Company Limited will promote a charity music concert entitled ‘Muang Nue Mua Now’ on December 8, from 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum.

One objective of this music concert is to create new songs for Chiang Mai, and perform the old favorites in chamber music style produced by Naowarat Pongpaibul a national artist; Mala Kamchan - Sea Write’s award wining author; Saksiri Meesomsueb, Sea Write’s poet; Wiluck Sripasang and Sathaporn Srisajjung.

The chamber music orchestra has composed many of the songs in the concert with well-known singers out front including Suntaree Waychanon, Surachai Janthimathon, Book Keetawattanam, Lerdyot Khantithammawong and Pathinya Tungkrakul.

Northern Penitentiary Products Exhibition coming soon

Edible handcuffs?

Chalermsak Suranant, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Northern Office Region 1 has informed the Chiangmai Mail that the Chiang Mai Restaurant and Entertainment Association in cooperation with the Penitentiary Department, with the support of the TAT, has arranged an Entertainment and Food Festival and the Northern Penitentiary Products Exhibition at the Kad Kham Tieng fairgrounds near Tesco Lotus Department Store. The festivals will run December 13-22.

In both festivals, there will be food stalls from over 100 restaurants and produce stalls from over 40 prisons in Thailand. There will be Lanna dance performance, famous Thai folk singers, cabaret shows, aerobic dancing, free health checks, culture shows from four areas of Thailand, and the biggest longan cake in the North.

Organizers of the festivals hope to attract the 10,000 athletes who are coming to participate the Chiang Mai Games.

Festival for Chiang Mai ‘foodies’

The 15th Chiangmai Food Festival will be held on December 4-10 from 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. at Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai. The Food Festival is part of the celebrations for the 75th year Anniversary of His Majesty the King.

There will be “20 baht dish” promotions, with at least one dish at this price in every restaurant, plus celebrity cooking demonstrations, fruit and vegetable carving, ice carving, vegetarian food demonstrations by Taiwanese chefs, shows and live bands, and the promotion of garbage reduction by asking people to bring their own pinto (the four tiered food containers) to the festival.

Golf courses prepare for Korean tourists

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Charter flights packed with Korean golfers ready to tee off will commence in December this year and continue till well into February next year. These will be operated by both Korean Air and Thai Airways. The meeting between Korean travel agents and tourist business and government organizations in Chiang Mai was held last week to thrash out final details.

This meeting was attended by the Tourist Authority of Thailand, Tourist Police, Hotel Association, Guide Association, Restaurant Association, Airports Authority of Thailand and the golf association in Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces.

All participants in the meeting appeared to be ready for the up coming charter flights that bring Korean tourists, who will boost the Chiang Mai economy. Managing director of Chiang Mai-Lamphun Golf Club, Dr. Sukhum Sukapanpotharam said, “We will assuredly provide the best service to the Korean tourists.”

It is hoped this is the first step in the tourism development of the Northern region, and this is also the first joint venture by Korean Airlines and Thai Airways in these charter flights.

Everything’s coming up roses!

The Chiang Mai Rose Festival 2002 coming next month

The rose growers in Chiang Mai will hold the Chiang Mai Rose Festival 2002 December 20-22 at the Kum Tieng plant markets (the markets are on a side street just south of the Super Highway and just west of Lotus Super Center).

Kriengkrai Kanongdechachart, the director of Chiang Mai Provincial Agriculture and Cooperative Office said that the rose growers hold the Chiang Mai Rose Festival every year. This year the festival will be open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and the event is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1, Agriculture Department, Chiang Mai Provincial Agriculture and Cooperative Office, and the Kum Tieng Pattana Company.

The activities in the festival include contests for the best roses, an exhibition of roses, and rose planting demonstrations, demonstrations on how to make dried roses using microwave, flower arranging contests, rose drawing contests, a rose clinic, and the display of the roses from the Phu-Ping Royal Palace.

Rock Shocks the Cold tonight

Warm blankets for the needy

Thai Worldview Foundation in co-operation with Jeep Club Chiang Mai ’94 have organized a rock concert, “Rock Shocks the Cold” in Lan Ban Kheaw (Green House’s Ground) tonight, Saturday November 30. To get there, head out of the city on Huay Kaew Road towards Chiang Mai U and Doi Suthep, cross the irrigation canals, pass the Chiang Mai Phucome Hotel on the left, a bit further on Lan Ban Kheaw is on the left across from Lanna 3 Condo.

Pongtada Suriya, managing director of Thai Worldview Foundation, said the aim of the concert is to collect clothes and blankets to donate to the poor.

Performers at the concert will play all the standards and favorites from groups and artists such as Santana, the Eagles, Credence Clearwater Revival, the Beatles, Badfinger, Mountain, Rainbow, the Hollies, John Cougar Mellencamp, the James Gang, Steppenwolf, Steely Dan, Jefferson Starship and the Bee Gees.

Local artists drawn from the Chiang Mai Musicians Club will provide the entertainment and there will be a gathering from the big bike enthusiasts to join in this charity activity.

Other support for this concert comes from Weera Panitch Co, Pom Klung Co, Road Side Restaurant and Jatupong Printing House.

To give support and donate contact the Thai Worldview Foundation 053-408 285, Jeep Club Chiang Mai ’94 053-872 757, Weera Panitch 053-852 345, or Chiang Mai Musicians Club 01-7643551.