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CMU Book Fair gives advice for aspiring young writers

International Credit Union to gather in Chiang Mai as tourism booster

Dentists undergo training for treatment of elderly

Mekong region Buddhist foundation is off to a colorful start

Celebrating Saint Martin

“Artist in Residence” - Dutch painter Leo Musch

CMU Book Fair gives advice for aspiring young writers

Chiangmai Mail Reporter and Jaruwan Punyoyai (Student CMU)

Booths in CMU Book Fair

Chiang Mai University held its 12th CMU Book Fair over the November 24-December 2 period, with more than 60 booths set up by publishing companies and book stores in the main CMU library.

A highlight was the “Before being a writer” talk given by Dr Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunant, president of the Forensic Science Institute, Ministry of Justice, and Wutthichat Chumsanit, who writes under the pen name Binlah Sankalakhiri, SEA Write award winner for 2005. Both speakers offered advice to students who are interested in a writing career.

The book fair provided many activities to encourage the reading and writing habit among students and other visitors. “Writer meet readers” talk shows were held everyday throughout the week and traditional folk songs and music were performed on some days to entertain.

Amongst the 60 booths were well known names such as McGraw-Hill, KU Book Center, Amarin Book Center, and Far East Book Company. Apart from books, there were attractions including a talking dictionary, stamps, silverware, traditional Northern-styled clothes, and decorative plants. Discounts were available on many books and items.

(From left) Wutthichat Chumsanit (Binlah Sankalakhiri pen name) SEA Write award winner 2005, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somphong Witthayasakphan Dr. Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunant, president of Forensic Science Institute, Ministry of Justice participated in the topic “How to Be Writer”.

International Credit Union to gather in Chiang Mai as tourism booster

Kittiyaporn Kanjam (student trainee MFLU)

Suphachai Srisu-Aksorn, chairman of the board of Credit Union League of Thailand (3rd left), jointly with Bunjerd Sittichok, the deputy chairman (3rd right), Chalerm Sanpaeng, secretary of Chiang Mai PAO president (2nd right), Somai Anongpongpan, representative of Chiang Mai Cooperatives Office (left) and Dit Photiyarom, president of Chiang Mai Dramatic Arts College (2nd left) organized International Credit Union 2005 press conference.

The International Credit Union of Thailand will hold an awareness day in Chiang Mai on December 11, bringing thousands of credit union personnel from around the country into the province as a symbol of solidarity as Chiang Mai strives to recover from the recent flooding.

ICU Thailand chairman Suphachai Srisu-Aksorn together with deputy chairman Bunjerd Sittichok, Chalerm Sanpaeng, secretary of Chiang Mai PAO, Somai Anongpongpan, representative of Chiang Mai Cooperatives Office and Dit Photiyarom, president of Chiang Mai Dramatic Arts College, held a briefing to describe the arrangements.

Suphachai said the awareness day is being held in Chiang Mai as a way of promoting tourism in the province and other parts of the North. It was, he said, important to help the province get over the four floods that have caused so much damage and hardship recently, and one way of doing this was by bringing large events into Chiang Mai.

He added that predictions are for 8,000 credit union personnel from all over the country to attend. Another 200 guests from abroad have been invited, such as the presidents of the Credit Union League of the USA, Korea, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Amongst the events on the day are a seminar conducted by Bobby McVeigh, president of the World Credit Union, and a fund-raiser will be held to help build a home for under-privileged children in Chiang Rai. Aid packages will be presented to elders in Mae Taeng and Muang, Chiang Mai, products will be displayed by the Women’s Cooperative Product Development Center, and there will be performances by students of Chiang Mai Dramatic Arts College.

There will be a visit to Mae Hong Song, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lampang and Lamphun, and a ceremony to transfer the CU flag to Phuket, venue for the next gathering.

The International Credit Union 2005 awareness day will be held on December 11 from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm and will be presided over by Sudarat Keyuraphan, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

Dentists undergo training for treatment of elderly

The tooth fairy comes to CMU

Chiangmai Mail Reporter

Dentists underwent special training in the techniques of making artificial teeth at the Faculty of Dentistry, Chiang Mai University, under a Royal Projects granted program. The training took place on November 21-22 and will be held again on 28-29 in Mae Hong Song.

Established by the Ministry of Public Health, the training is for dentists working at hospitals under the Ministries of Public Health, Interior and Defense, the Princess Mother’s Medical Volunteer Foundation, universities and the private sector. These organizations have programs to treat the dentition of elderly patients, with 80,000 persons due to have false teeth. The program began in October last year.

The CMU Faculty of Dentistry will make false teeth for 400 elders during 2006 and is responsible for training dentists in the eight far Northern provinces of Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Nan, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lampang, Phrae and Mae Hong Son.

The first intake of Chiang Mai and Lamphun dentists was trained on October 27-28 and November 3-4. October 31-November 1 and November 7-8 saw Chiang Rai and Phayao dentists undergo training. November 10-11 and 17-18 saw training in Lampang, with Lampang and Phrae dentists. Mae Hong Son’s sessions were on November 21-22 and 28-29.

Mekong region Buddhist foundation is off to a colorful start

Preeyanoot Jittawong and Kittiyaporn Kanjam (student trainee MFLU)

Chao Phra Khun Somdej Pra Maha Mang Khala Jarn, Mahathera Association Committee, head monk of the North anoints the auspicious mark on the foundation’s nameplate.

A foundation for promoting Buddhism throughout the Mekong region got off to ceremonial start on November 25, only one year after the idea was first mooted, with a ceremony that included both Buddhist rites and ethnic tribal performances.

The opening ceremony was organized by the Foundation for Study and Propagating Buddhism in the Mekong Region,

Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya University Chiang Mai campus, and Wat Suan Dok, and was staged at Royal Buddha Hall, Wat Suan Dok, in Muang, Chiang Mai.

Chao Phra Khun Somdej Pra Maha Mang Khala Jarn, of the Mahathera Association Committee, head of the monks in the North presided.

Ethnic groups participated in the ceremony.

The foundation is a cooperation of Buddhist organizations in the Mekong region, from Thailand, Burma, China, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The objective is for the study and propagation of Buddhism in the region, and the support of activities that promote public unity and wellbeing.

The origins of the foundation lie with the Mahachula-longkorn Raja-vidyalaya University Chiang Mai, when a group of Thai Buddhists traveled from the university to Chiang Tung, Burma, on a pilgrimage during November 14 to 17, 2004.

On that trip, university administrators and monk administrators from Chiang Tung had the idea of establishing a foundation. Once the Thai monks had returned they asked for permission to go ahead, and the foundation was established with donations from temples, citizens and various organizations. Funds also came from ethnic groups including Tai Lue, Tai, Tai Yong, and Tai Kheun.

Besides the opening ceremony, there was an ethnic group culture stage in which each group displayed an aspect of its local culture, such as traditional dance.

Those interested in helping support the foundation can transfer funds to the foundation’s account number: 521-0-06645-2, Krung Thai Bank, Suthep branch.

Celebrating Saint Martin

Dominique Leutwiler

The lantern walk for this years celebration of Saint Martin was planned for the youngest students of the Christian German School Chiang Mai (CDSC) to take place at Baan Wangtan. However, due to some heavy downpours on that evening, the venue was moved to the CDSC, where at least the buffet was protected from the rain.

CDSC principal Matthias Wolf was pleased with the high flexibility that the parents showed in changing the event on a very short notice. The delicious buffet was prepared from the parents and the evening was well attended with 40 children from Kindergarten to Grade two, as well as several siblings, families and friends.

The theme song “Carry the light into the world” was through the program, which included four scenes performed from elder students. Those short plays showed several situations from daily life such as in the first scene: children helping each other accompanied by the song’s message “carry a light to the children”; or the second scene showing a busy mother caring for little children, with elder siblings wanting to talk to her and the telephone ringing, at the same time she’s cooking dinner – accompanied by the message of the song “carry a light to the parents”; or a scene of a teenager in need for help with the song’s line “carry a light to your friends”; and at the end a scene from Saint Martin giving a beggar his cloak with the song’s final message “carry a light to the poor”.

“Artist in Residence” - Dutch painter Leo Musch

Tara Colen

Leo Musch teaching students to think out of the box when they paint.

Dutch painter Leo Musch spent last week as an “Artist in Residence” at Prem Tinsulanonda International School. He, alongside his wife Dineka, instructed Grade 11 and 12 art students to think out of box when they create art.

Leo is a multifaceted artist whose work includes canvas, pencil drawing, and a unique interpretation of ordinary paintings. He paints the work on both sides of a transparent, high quality plastic. To preserve the painting, he uses LEDs as an electric dimmer because a LED does not get as warm as a light bulb. By using this unique method of painting, the artwork changes completely to three dimensional. Leo commented, “You see slowly moving images- ‘tableau vivant’ in French. This transforms the atmosphere and significance of the painting.”

Leo holds workshops all over the world including Bangkok, Phuket, France, and the Netherlands. Dineka organizes the logistics of the workshop and Leo teaches. He has written seven books about art technique. The latest, entitled Crossing Borders in Image and Space, was published in 1998.

At Prem, Leo encouraged 10-12th grade art students to “cross borders” and be unconventional by experimenting with the various ideas he had given them. He said, “You can learn technique easily, but good, original ideas are harder to learn. It is very important for an artist to be original.”

Art teacher Joanna Moon remarked, “In order for the Art House to progress as a department at Prem, I felt that it was very important to enrich our curriculum with visiting artists and designers who could interact with students and give them a broader understanding of art beyond Prem. Additionally, professionals in the field can offer real life experiences of what it is like to live and work as an artist.”

Leo and Dineka Musch go next to Beijing, China where they will follow up leads to hopefully have an exhibition there in the near future. To find out more about artist Leo Musch or his workshops go to or