American food promotion at Rimping
(seated left to right) US Agricultural Attaché
Pickel Simer, US Commercial Consul Ann Bacher, US Consul General Bea Camp,
US Ambassador Ralph Boyce with Khun Warakorn Tantranont, owner of Rimping.
Rimping Supermarkets in Chiang Mai recently welcomed the US Ambassador to
Thailand, Ralph Boyce, who inaugurated the launch of American food products
at Rimping City Daily location. This promotion includes American wines,
fruits and other products that will be available until July 10th. .
Writer’s club book launch
At the Writers Club book launch last
week-end l/r Karen Baker, Doris Kraushaar, Christina Nadasi, Robyn Brown
and Chris Brown.
It was standing room only at the Writers Club and Wine Bar in central
Chiang Mai when Bob Andrews launched his latest literary effort, “Sticky
Rice at the Orchid Cafe.”
Andrews is the author of the successful spoof “Boom Boom Baby”
celebrated the launch with more than 60 guests from Chiang Mai’s media
“Sticky Rice at the Orchid Cafe” is an anecdotal account of Bob’s life
in a Thai village, described by one New York publisher’s agent as
“Thailand’s equivalent of Peter Mayle’s ‘A Year in Provence.’” Bob will
be reading excerpts at next month’s Abroad Authors conference in Chiang
Mai. (CMM Reporters)
EON Trio in concert at AUA
Violinist Qiang Xiaoxiao, cellist Ekachai Maskulrat and pianist
Christopher McKiggin will perform Thursday, 28 June at 19:30 at the AUA
Tickets are 300 baht and 150 baht for students. Reservation can be made
by phone: 087-188-1798 and by email: [email protected]
On the program are compositions by Beethoven (Piano Trio No.5),
Kiangsiri (Violin Sonata), Silsupan (Kreting Saam) and Shostakovitch
(Piano Trio No.2).
Qiang Xiaoxiao studies violin with Qian Zhou at Yong Siew Toh
Conservatory of Music in Singapore. She won many awards including 1st
Prize in Guang Dong Violin competition. She was a member of the China
Ekachai Maskulrat is studying cello with Qin Li Wei, also at the Yong
Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. Of the many awards he has
won includes 1st prize in the Thailand String Competition.
He played Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in
Christopher McKiggan, whom some may have met before, playing the
harpsichord at the “Baroque Evening” at Gong Dee Studio, studies piano
with Dr.Robert Weirich at the University of Missouri, USA. He won the
Gold Medal in the Thailand National Youth Music Competition, and many
Thatchatham Silsupan is studying composition with Assoc. Prof. Ho Chee
Kong at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. He was a
finalist for the Young Thai Artist Award 2006.
Pantawit Kiangsiri studies composition at San Fransisco Conservatory of
Music at USA.
His teachers are Conrad Susa and David Garner.
US Ambassador visits completion of U.S.-funded restoration project in Lampang
To celebrate a mural restoration project funded by the Ambassador’s Fund
for Cultural Preservation, Ambassador Ralph L. Boyce and staff of the
U.S. Embassy and U.S.
Ambassador Boyce accompanied by US Consul
General in Chiang Mai, Bea Camp, view the completion of the US funded
restoration project at Wat Baan Koh.
Consulate General Chiang Mai joined ceremonies earlier this month
to mark the completion of the project at Wat Baan Koh in Lampang. In his
remarks delivered in Thai, Amb. Boyce expressed his appreciation of Wat
Baan Koh as “a wonderful example of Thailand’s cultural rural heritage”
and his hope that the restoration would serve as a model for others.
After the ceremonies he visited the Wat Baan Koh school and spoke with
The Ambassador’s Fund was established by Congress in 2001 to support
efforts to rescue cultural heritage that is fragile or in danger of
being lost forever. The Fund has also supported preservation efforts at
the Kamthieng House at the Siam Society in Bangkok, the antique textile
collection at the National Museum, traditional Thai textile patterns
from the south and northeastern Thailand, Thailand’s Islamic
architecture through a digital database, and prehistoric rock shelters
in Mae Hong Son province.
America celebrates the 4th of July in Chiang Mai
Event at the U.S. Consulate
The staff of the U.S. Consulate General invites American citizens in
Chiang Mai to celebrate the Fourth of July on Wednesday, July 4, from 4
to 8 p.m. The celebration on the lawn of the Consulate will feature a
variety of entertainment, good ol’ American hotdogs and soft drinks, and
a watermelon eating contest – capped off with a fireworks display at 8
All participants will be asked to show either a U.S. passport or a
photocopy of the passport to enter. Admission is 50 baht. Children 12
and under are free; they must also show a U.S. passport or copy. The
public gate across from the Municipal Office will open at 4 p.m. with no
further admissions after 7 p.m. To expedite entrance, please don’t bring
This information is also available on a recorded announcement at
053-252-629, and on the Consulate website.
In case of any changes, information will be updated on this recording
and posted on the Consulate website at
Guest Policy: American citizens may bring one non-U.S. citizen guest by
pre-arrangement. If you plan to bring a guest, please e-mail the guest’s
name and ID number no later than Sunday, July 1 to july4chiangmai
The guest must arrive with the American citizen host and bring a printed
copy of the e-mail confirmation received from the Consulate, as well as
a photo ID. To avoid overcrowding, we are unable to accommodate more
than one guest, adult or child, per American citizen.
Drug abuse forum – June 26
On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug
Trafficking, 26 June, the monthly NGO Forum invites civil society groups
and government representatives to join a discussion on comprehensive
health and social care service delivery for drug users.
This month’s Forum will explore the drug situation in Thailand and set
the stage for future discussions on Northern Thailand where, in the next
six months, many health and social outreach services for drug users will
be terminated because of financial cutbacks from donors.
The Forum will also address the impact of Thailand’s policy on drug
users and bring potential advocacy solutions to the fore for greater
discussion and consideration.
A recovering drug user will share her experiences with participants and
explore how the evolving situation is likely to affect drug users.
An open discussion will follow with main speakers: Dr. Apinun
Aramrattana, Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Health
Sciences at Chiang Mai University; Mr. Nantapol Cheunchooklin, ex
Chairperson for the Thai Drug Users’ Network; Mr. Pascal Tanguay,
Information Officer at the Asian Harm Reduction Network; Piyakran
Kittiborrisut, a representative from the drug user community; Ms.
Umaporn Petchlim from AHRN and Ms. Sivalee Kasemsilpa in her role as the
THRN Coordinator will moderate the discussion following the
Date: Tuesday, 26th June at 4pm at the Asian Harm Reduction Networks
(AHRN) on 72/8 Moo 1, Klong Cholpratan Rd., T. Chang Phuak A. Muang. For
more information: 053-418438 ext. 110 or Email: [email protected]