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School for Life welcomes German model

Phenomenal growth of Japanese expats in Chiang Mai

Pianist Moto Harada to perform in benefit recital

School for Life welcomes German model

l/r Dominique (Manager of School for Life) with Cynthia Hardy, Kate Merkle, Prof. Juergen Zimmer, Nadja Auermann and John Hardy

The School for Life in Chiang Mai received this week some international guests who look into the possibility of supporting the school in the future with sponsoring and/or activities and workshops.
John and Cynthia Hardy arrived from Bali together with Brad Choy who all visited the School for Life for the first time. They were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Juergen Zimmer and his team and more importantly they were welcomed by 150 children from The School for Life. Together they celebrated a fun evening with music and dances and the performing group of the children showing their talents with their professional drumming piece “Drums of victory” with which they have in the past already won some awards. John and Cynthia Hardy are looking into the possibility of opening a School for Life in Bali, using Prof. Zimmer’s concept of entrepreneurial education.
Other guests arriving at the School for Life were Kate Merkle and Nadja Auermann, an internationally known super model from Germany. During their visit in Chiang Mai they will learn about the culture and the history of the north with its tradition and specialties. Nadja has kindly agreed to be the international ambassador for School for Life promoting it on her travels around the world. Using the influence of the northern culture they will return in November for an extended visit to work with the children of the School for Life in a workshop called “Ethnic Fashion” and design school uniforms.

Dominique, Cynthia, Kate, Youtin, Nadja and Juergen

l/r Prof. Juergen Zimmer, Cynthia Hardy, Kate Merkle, Nadja Auermann and Brad Choy


Phenomenal growth of Japanese expats in Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Chiang Mai Provincial Authority and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a conference titled the “Long-Stay Program for Japanese in Chiang Mai” seminar to celebrate 120 years diplomatic relations with Chiang Mai.

Mr Chalermchat Nakarangkul, the vice chairman of CCC and Ms Junko Yokota, the Japanese Consul - General in Chiang Mai .
The seminar to be held in August is titled “the Development of the Tourism Industry and the Long-Term Health Promotion of Japanese national residents in Chiang Mai” or “Long-Stay Program for Japanese in Chiang Mai” where Japanese and Thais can exchange ideas and experiences, a list of services available to the Japanese by their government and private sectors, hospitals, medical treatment, opportunities for the sustainable development of the tourism industry and human resources planning to prepare for the growth of the industry. Mr. Chalermchart Nakhornrankuul, deputy Chairman of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce presided over the seminar with the Japanese Consul General to Chiang Mai.
Chalermchart said that Chiang Mai is one of the major cities where many foreigners come to work, especially Japanese nationals in the industrial, business, commerce and tourism sectors, many of which are long stay retirees. Presently more than 5,000 Japanese nationals reside in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Japan has the highest rate of pensioners in the world. It is estimated that between 2007 and 2012 there will be 25 million Japanese pensioners and between 500,000 and 1,000,000 of those would choose to live in Thailand, especially Chiang Mai because of the good environment and international reputation. The cost of living is cheaper than in Japan and good medical treatment facilities are available.
Therefore the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have organized the seminar for hospital staff, Japanese nationals or long stay nationals, community representatives and members of the press from both countries. It is anticipated that making ready for long stay Japanese tourists will help to promote the service industry in Chiang Mai and the North of the country. The seminar will be held in Chiang Mai this August.


Pianist Moto Harada to perform in benefit recital

Jan Verwers
The German charity organization “Help Charity Ltd”, together with the “School for Life” in Doi Saket invited Pianist Moto Harada for a benefit recital in Chiang Mai. The event is supported by Payap University.

Moto Harada’s recital is on July 21 at 19:30 at the Luce Chapel at the Maekao Campus of Payap University.
Pianist Mototsugu Harada is a cosmopolitan. He was born in Japan, where he studied Music and Musical Education at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1980, he went for further studies to the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Vienna and continued in 1982 in New York, where he studied at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1983 an invitation of the Polish Government brought him to Warsaw. From there he went to the Musikhochschule in Hannover, where he completed successfully the studies for the Konzertexamen. Since 1988 he teaches Music and Piano at the University of Hildesheim, Germany.
Besides teaching, Moto Harada is active as a concert pianist. This brought him to Japan, Germany, Poland, USA, Netherlands, France, Austria and Italy. His programs often focus on the classic and romantic repertoire (Beethoven,
Mozart and Chopin). In addition he likes to perform compositions by Ravel, Debussy and Gershwin. He recorded CD’s with music by Debussy, Satie, Ravel and Chopin. Moto Harada is also actively dedicated to Modern Music and played debut performances of piano works by Witold Salonek, Gyu-Bong Yi and others.
On Moto Harada’s program for Chiang Mai are compositions by Scarlatti, Mozart, van Beethoven and Chopin. This recital will take place on Saturday, 21 July, 2007 at 19:30 PM. The venue is the Luce Chapel at the MaeKao Campus of Payap University, Chiang Mai. Admission is 200 Baht.
The proceeds of this concert will be donated to the” School for Life” in Doi Saket. The School provides a home and education for children in difficult circumstances. 140 such children have found a new home here and many more would like to come. Since May 2006 the School for Life is licensed as a Private Social Welfare School. The School is now operating a Kindergarten, a Primary School (grade 1-6), and a Junior High School (grade 7-9).



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