Heinrich Boell’s German Christmas
The Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF) invited German
residents of the north to a ‘Get together’ with Dr. Heike Loeschmann,
the Director of the Thailand and South East Asia Regional Office. The
functions and tasks for the HBF in the region can tend to be intimately
related to political issues, but the evening at the Loeschmann’s garden
was not political at all. It was an exchange of ideas, a sharing of
Christmas spirit, with a candle-lit garden and great German food from the
catering department of the To Nobody restaurant Chiang Mai.
Joerg Loeschmann, lecturer of the Goethe Institute and Dr. Heike Loeschmann,
the Director of the Thailand and South East Asia Regional Office, chatting
The evening saw people from different NGO’s, from the
universities, retired people as well as teachers, representatives from the
Chiang Mai College of Technology, people from the travel industry, and
Konrad (rear) together with Prof. Hans-Georg Bremer amd his wife, one of the
30 SES (Senior Experts Service) specialists sent by the University of
Applied Science in Wiesbaden.
Dr. Heike and Dr. Joerg made it clear that there is a transformation in
German residents during the last couple of years. They both agreed that
there are many more specialists in different fields living in the north than
only three years ago, and the networking between the different groups is
getting better. But this is also thanks to people like the Loeschmann’s
who organize these kinds of events to allow German people to meet and mingle
in a non-working environment.
22nd International Conference of Partnership for Service-Learning
To be held at Payap University January 3-10, 2004
Vice President for International Affairs, Payap University
Service-learning, leadership, participatory governance,
sustainable development, justice and peace. The line of connection between
these concepts and practices is clear and demonstrable. Institutions of
higher education around the world are discovering that uniting academic
study and volunteer service is producing a new kind of leader, aware of the
problems facing communities, nations and the world, and committed to
addressing them in a cooperative, inclusive way.
22nd International Conference of The International Partnership for
Service-Learning will bring together educators and service providers from
around the world to discuss how service-learning lays the foundation for
leadership, that in turn builds stronger, healthier and more peaceful
The Thailand Service-Learning Conference will begin each
morning with opportunities for participants to meet with colleagues,
learning a variety of programs combining academic study and volunteer
service, discuss issues related to service-learning, and hear about research
into the impact of service-learning on institutions, students, agencies, and
These discussions and presentations will be held in the
format of “poster sessions,” in which presenters talk informally with
participants who come to their table. It is a great opportunity for College
and University Heads, Faculty and Administrators, Study Abroad Advisors,
Service-Learning Coordinators and Faculty, Service Agency Professionals to
receive the latest knowledge to stay on top of the changing world
The International Partnership for Service-Learning
(IPS-L), founded in 1982, is an incorporated not-for-profit organization of
colleges, universities, service agencies, and related organizations, united
to foster and develop programs linking volunteer service and academic study.
The International Partnership also advises on the
development of local service-learning throughout the world, makes known the
opportunities and experience of service-learning through research and
publications, and holds international conferences open to College and
University personnel, service agency supervisors, and students, and which
are attended by International Partnership directors from the various program
Since 1982 more than 4,000 students from over 400
colleges and universities in the U.S. and 25 other nations have participated
in IPS-L programs for academic credit recognized by the students’ home
institutions. These colleges and universities include public and private,
two and four year, highly selective, and open admissions institutions.
This year, Payap University has attracted some well known
and distinguished speakers including Dr. Saisuree Chutikul Chair, Board of
Trustees, Payap University and Member, UN Committee on the Rights of the
Child. Another confirmed speaker is Dr. Adel Safty, Dean of the
International Institute of Leadership and Public Affairs at the University
of Bahcesehir, Turkey, and Permanent UNESCO Chair in International
Leadership. Author, Leadership and Democracy.
For further information on this International Conference contact
Yuthachai Damrongmanee at 09-6351552. IPS-L information may be found on the
web at www.ipsl.org
Wat Pa Paeng celebrates its century
New Buddha image commissioned
Hundreds of people attended the two day merit-making
ceremonies to mark the 100 year anniversary of Wat Pa Phaeng, near the
Chiangmai Mail offices on Muang Samut road, Chiang Mai.
mark this auspicious occasion, Phra Kru Uppatham Sassanakhun, the abbot of
Wat Pa Paeng temple, arranged the construction of a big Buddha image, (100
centimeter width measure from the right knee to the left knee of a sitting
Buddha). The image was named “Phra Buddha Mongkol, Sattawatnusorn Boworn
Sassanakhun,” or “Phra Chao Roipee” of Wat Pa Phaeng.
The temple organizing committees also agreed to renovate
the old sala halls, and to build a new one to house the Phra Buddha Mongkol
On the Saturday, 30 Buddhist monks prayed and recited the
Lord Buddha’s teachings to show respect to the ancestors, and 56 monks
prayed to celebrate the temple’s anniversary through the night of Saturday
to Sunday morning.
On Sunday, Buddhist monks gave sermons, followed by prayers of all 75
monks who were later presented with offerings. Finally food and offerings
were presented to 100 monks and novices as a part of making merits by Chiang
Mai people on that day.
Impressive performances in China-Tibetan Culture Week
Pity the Dalai Lama could not attend
Photos by Phitsanu Thepthong
The China-Tibetan cultural shows are not so well known
over the world, including Thailand. However, Chiang Mai is now more aware,
following the China-Tibetan Cultural week.
Sia Er Pah Village Dance, performed by beautiful Tibetans.
Tibet, the so-called “Rooftop of the World”, was a
paradise for its people who loved to live their lives in peace in beautiful
surroundings, with a marvelous and unique culture, including the amazing
history of the Dalai Lama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has had
unfortunately to live in exile, with his Tibetan government.
Artist from Tibet Tan Jeung presenting the song “Delighted Heart”.
The performances in Thailand were also aimed to celebrate
His Majesty the King’s birthday, and to enhance relations between Thailand
and China, including propagating cultural art and tourism in Tibet, these
days considered part of People’s Republic of China.
The troupe performed such beautiful acts such as “Knife
of Loba People”, showing the dignity and unity of the Loba, who are mostly
farmers and hunters. The performance showed a number of actors dancing with
long knife, moving graciously and carried by soft music rhythms which
charmed the audience.
There were other interesting performances such as “Drum
Dance of Gonnar”, normally performed only on special occasions, with 11
special types of musical instruments, again rarely seen, such as the long
horn and other wind instruments which created such a powerful sound it was
causing goose bumps in the audience.
The Fine Arts troupe was set up in 1971 with only 10 actors, however
there are now more than 100, comprising mostly of Tibetan actors from the
Yeu Kar Jeur Region. Most of their performances are regional, and the Yeu
Kar Jeur Troupe has displayed their unique art all over the world. A
commercial, but impressive feast for the eyes.
City in Chiang Mai
Another spoke in the IT hub
Computer City is another IT outlet under construction and
should be completed by January 15, 2004. This will be on Maneenopparat Road
in Chiang Mai.
There will be more than 60 retail shops including one
special seminar area and an activity area of more than 384 square meters.
Parking space for 250 cars will also be ready for the opening, close to the
City is scheduled to open on January 15.
Major companies will be represented, icluding Hewlett
Packard (HP), Canon, Epson, BenQ, Synnex, and Top. The products will be
those involves with computers such as computer accessories and IT
(Information and Technology) equipment and peripherals.
Chiang Mai as the principal city in the Northern Region
has become the hub in almost every sector such as business enterprise,
aviation, the International Trade Center plus Computers and IT centers.