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OUR COMMUNITY
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

EU ambassadors visit Northern camp for Burmese refugees

Faculty of Nursing, CMU arranged a Big Cleaning Day

Chiang Mai’s road show to Japan may bear fruit

Chiang Mai Expats Club pulls “Double-Header”

A Little Bird Told Me

Lanna Sculpture 2006 exhibition

EU ambassadors visit Northern camp for Burmese refugees

The Villagers waiting for the arrival of the European ambassadors.

Andreas Aschaber
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 Burma.
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 briefings.
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 education.

The 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 trade capacities.
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.

A blacksmith shows practical work to improve handicraft skills.


Faculty of Nursing, CMU arranged a Big Cleaning Day

Teachers, 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

Nopniwat Krailerg
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 very high.


Chiang Mai Expats Club pulls “Double-Header”

But the double pricing is even more interesting!

By:Phillip Johnson
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.

Author/Writer 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.

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 Thailand.
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 botany class.


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 crowds.


Lanna Sculpture 2006 exhibition

A demonstration of silverware sculpture.

Preeyanoot Jittawong
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 Plaza.
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.

Wooden sculpture.



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