EU ambassadors visit Northern camp for Burmese refugees
The Villagers waiting for the
arrival of the European ambassadors.
On May 3 and 4, the Austrian Embassy organized a visit for the ambassadors
of all the member states of the European Union to Baan Kwai Nai Soi refugee
camp, located in Mae Hong Son close to the border between Thailand and
Representatives of organizations that included TBBC (Thailand Burma Border
Consortium), UNHCR (United Nations High Commission of Refugees, IRC
(International Rescue Committee) and JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service) provided
TBBC plays a leading role at the camp, which currently accommodates some
19,000 refugees from Burma, being responsible for the construction of
housing and the organizing of food supplies. The IRC takes care of the
medical supplies and health facilities, while the JRS is occupied with
Language Learning Center provides courses in Thai, English and Burmese.
Following the briefing, the diplomats
visited the camp on the following day. The refugees live in basic bamboo
houses, but the staples of daily life are secured. Visited were the center
of professional training and the language center. These facilities should
guarantee a later re-integration of the refugees into everyday life. From
the beginning of this year they have been taught foreign languages, mostly
Thai. There is also training in computer use and an art school. A
blacksmith’s shop and a training site to produce clay tiles widen the
Through this visit, organized under Austria’s current presidency of the
EU, there should be greater understanding and interest in the EU towards the
situation of the refugees in Thailand. Several member countries currently
provide aid for refugees from Burma.
The diplomats were happy to learn during their visit that new building
resources were freely allowed by the Thai government to construct urgently
needed infrastructure. The Austrian ambassador and representative of the EU
presidency, Arno Riedl, acknowledged the readiness of the Thai government to
welcome more refugees.
shows practical work to improve handicraft skills.
Faculty of Nursing, CMU arranged a Big Cleaning Day
students and staff of Faculty of Nursing, CMU at the Big Cleaning Day.
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
The Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University arranged a Big Cleaning Day
with Assoc. Prof. Rattanawadee Chorntawan, Deputy Dean of Research and
Graduate Education, Faculty of Nursing running the event.
The cleaning program was arranged to enhance the appearance of the
faculty’s dormitories. The big clean-up was also to create a sense of
community pride, in line with the university and faculty’s policy of
promoting good relationships in performing activities between teachers and
students. This program was cheerfully carried out with the full cooperation
of all who participated in this event.
Chiang Mai’s road show to Japan may bear fruit
The Ministry of Commerce and Department of Export Promotion (DEP)
arranged an exhibition for Thai export business owners to display their
wares at Beauty World Japan, held in Tokyo in May this year. Groups that
went to Japan included the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office,
Chiang Mai Provincial Strategy Development Group, and private sector
representatives such as the president of Chiang Mai Health Service
Association, president of Thai Lanna Spa Association, president of Thai
Massage School. These groups wanted to show the Chiang Mai’s potential
as a health service city; medication, dental service, spa, massage and
herbs, to expand the market and bring customers to Chiang Mai.
Prof. Kannika Porapattanakul, president of the Chiang Mai Health Service
Association said that this exhibition of products, Thai massage
demonstration, spa, and Thai traditional medicine was successful and
that 2,000 people a day visited the Thai displays, and there were news
reporters and T.V. programs interviewing the business owners to
broadcast to Japanese people.
Japan wants Thai masseuses to work in Japan legally. Thai and Japanese
business owners had cooperated on health, spa, and massage business
under government support. At this time, there is a problem over Thai
workers’ Visa but it is hoped this can be overcome.
With the health products; such as massage, spa, and Thai traditional
medicine, it is believed that health service potential in Chiang Mai is
Chiang Mai Expats Club pulls “Double-Header”
But the double pricing is even more interesting!
Photos by: Marshall Hortig
The Chiang Mai Expats Club (CEC) twice-monthly meeting was held on
Saturday, May 27, at the Chiangmai Orchid Hotel on Huey Kaew Road. Alan
Hall, regional manager, investment counselor and certified financial
planner with MBMG (a Thailand based company), and two of his sales
consultants, Andrew Williams and Robert Brown, led off the meeting with
information every expatriate can use.
Tom Fawthrop Speaks on Cambodia
SOS, a recently formed company, provides a host of valuable services to
foreigners residing in Chiang Mai. Whether one is detained by police or
immigration, hospitalized due to illness or accident, or has met an
untimely death, a card carrying member of SOS will receive (or in the case
of death, their next-of-kin) first hand assistance in arranging legal
assistance, providing medical establishments with medical history,
contacting embassy personnel, and assisting with funeral arrangements, etc.
Other services available through SOS include assistance obtaining health,
property, and car insurance, raising capital on overseas properties, and
will writing services. Andrew informed club members that membership in SOS
costs five (5) baht per day, or two thousand (2000) baht per year, a paltry
sum for the services one can expect from SOS.
Representatives (left to right) Andrew Williams Alan Hall and Robert Brown
The second guest was Tom Fawthrop who spoke on
Cambodia’s long struggle against the Khmer Rouge. He said that not one
Khmer Rouge leader has stood in court to answer for their terrible crimes
against the Cambodian people. He stated that governments which often speak
the language of human rights, shielded Pol Pot and his lieutenants from
prosecution during the 1980’s. He further stated that after Vietnam
ousted the Khmer Rough regime in 1979, the US and UK governments backed the
Khmer Rough at the UN, and approved the re-supply of Pol Pot’s army in
Getting Away With Genocide, a book written by him and Helen Jarvis,
explains how, in the late 1990’s the forgotten genocide became the
subject of serious United Nations (UN) inquiry for the first time. The
Cambodian government and the UN began complex and often controversial
negotiations. In mid-2003 they reached an agreement to hold a tribunal in
Phnom Penh conducted jointly by international jurists and Cambodian lawyers
and judges. Finally, Tom discussed why it took 18 years for the UN to
recognize the mass murder and crimes against humanity that took place under
the Killing Fields regime. Tom’s thought-provoking talk was a catalyst
for interesting comments and questions from CEC club members.
The Expats Club will host a botanist on June 10, and you will have the
opportunity to pick up where you left off the day you cut your college
A Little Bird Told Me
By Jim Messenger
A really quite good art exhibition in on right now at JJ Market (near
Tesac Kampaien) a sculpture exhibition of found metal objects twisted
and roped into shapes resembling people. The show is called All My
People. The sculptor is called Khun Siripong Rungsri. His 27 pieces
range from the monumental to the petite. He reminds me of Andre Lotte, a
50’s or so sculptor hailing from France whose work had that twisted
carbuncular feeling of loss and post-Nagasaki angst that so
characterized a lot of post-war Europe. But the show is worth a look. I
especially liked the larger pieces on the grass between rows of
boutiques at JJ. Try looking at them all lined up and then shift
slightly from side to side to get a really transitional effect. (On till
June 31. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 45 Adsadathorn Rd. Chiang Mai. 053-231520-5)
Ji-Qoo Gallery, that tiny so-so fine Soho (NYC) gallery on Nimmanhaemin,
Soi 5 (4/2. 053 894 250. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed Monday ). Is the
space that fits ‘trend-dee’ Nimman. It’s the place to be seen and
see in the local art milieu. They throw great parties; live Jazz etc. On
this coming month will be a great group show of the house collection.
This is a great opportunity to catch the local artists who are just on
the crest of making it. Go see.
Word has it that the Debussy show for Sat June 3 has some changes. The
cellist is gone, replaced by the Payap Choir (which should make
Debussy’s La Mer more than interesting). Tickets are 100B, which is a
steal. 7.30 p.m. Multi-media Room, Payap Uni (near Carrefour).
Multi-media room is next to the Chapel so they say. Anyway, follow the
Lanna Sculpture 2006 exhibition
demonstration of silverware sculpture.
Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Programme of Industrial Product Design,
Science and Technology Department held an exhibition, called “Lanna
Sculpture 2006” on May 26-28 at Northern Village, Central Airport
The exhibition, was part of the curriculum of Chiang Mai Rajabhat
University designed to provide education for exhibition design to
express the ideas, thoughts, and skills of students drawing upon their
knowledge, experience, and creativity in sculpture. It also gives
students an awareness of their responsibilities towards their role and
duty. They are able to plan their work systematically, and it produces
unity among their group.
The exhibition was set in a story telling style starting in the
past up to present. Additionally, there was a demonstration of sculpture
by craftsmen in each field which is very rare to see these days. This
will help to conserve and promote this sculpture, so that Lanna’s
valuable heritage will be preserved.