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Dating pitfalls in Chiang Mai

Protest at U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai

Tao Gardens explains

 

Dating pitfalls in Chiang Mai

Dear Editor,

As a newly single woman in her 30’s I am finding the prospect of dating daunting (I am quite shy!), so, I decided to look online for advice, as well as peruse some dating websites (just for its curiosity value. Well, at least at this stage!). As my dating pool is obviously largest amongst Thai men, I wanted to read more about Western women/Thai men relationships, wanted to see what Thai men are in the dating sites, and if there were any tips or even major differences in how to go about meeting/dating Thai men. Alas, it’s almost as if the subject didn’t exist! I KNOW there are Western female/Thai male relationships, but Google seems to consist of page after various page of relationships between Western males and Thai females…and I thought Google was supposed to know everything! The dating sites (granted I went to English Language based sites however), seemed to consist of Western men looking to date Thai women (and, to be perfectly honest, not so many in my age bracket in any case). Where are the available eligible Thai men? Do they all just marry young? Are they on a Thai language based site that I don’t know of yet? I don’t like to go out to clubs and bars, so I’m not sure how to go about meeting a nice local guy. Single ladies here in Chiang Mai, what do you do about meeting the local lovely men??

Yours, single white female.

 

Protest at U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai

Editor:

Local anti-war activists visited the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai on Friday, 19th March to commemorate the seven-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on 20th March. Chiang Mai residents from, Australia, Japan, Philippines and Thailand, met officers at the U.S. Consulate and warned the U.S. to stop its military offensive in the name of “War on Terror” carried out in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as in Palestine by the Israeli forces.

“Military spending is the greatest contributor to the US Federal budget deficit and to the hostility of people around the World. If the US were to follow the example of Costa Rica and dismantle its military, it would quickly become the most loved of the World’s nations.” said Ricky Ward, from Australia.

The group also raised the issue of the US military base stationed in Okinawa , Japan . The two governments are currently negotiating the status of the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

“The Futenma base should not be retained nor relocated anywhere else. It has to be dismantled. That is the opinion of the people’s movement in Okinawa”, said Tomoko Kashiwazaki, from Japan. “Militarism always directly link with violence and discrimination against women. There have been cases of rape and sexual harassment committed by U.S. military personnel in Okinawa in which abusers were not held responsible due to the Status Forces Agreement,” she added. A mass rally, called “World Peace Now” is going to be organised on the 20th March in Tokyo , Japan.

The letter of statement was delivered also to the office of the Mayor of Chiang Mai, located across from the U.S. Consulate, to raise his awareness of the concerns of Chiang Mai citizens.

“We need to raise more awareness of a new generation of local people on the impact of the US militarism on Thailand and the Southeast Asia,” said Navarat Nophiran from Thailand .

Maeanne Llanza from the Philippines added that the US policy of so-called “War on Terror” has been affecting the Philippine government, which has killed a number of human rights activists profiling them as “terrorists”.

Tomoko Kashiwazaki

U.S. Consulate General response: The United States strongly supports the democratic principle of the freedom of speech.Peaceful demonstrations are a hallmark of a democratic society. Many people share their views with the U.S. Government, and we routinely talk to a wide array of individuals and organizations.


Tao Gardens explains

Dear Ms. Doh.

Thank you very much for your interesting letter about the functional medicine which is part of our holistic medicine program in Tao Garden.

There is very little to correct or to make clear, namely:

1. Tao Garden is in no way applying or recommending stem cell treatment. Stem cell treatment is illegal in Thailand. This is for a good reason: while it is very promising from a theoretical standpoint - the results in practice are only poor. In the moment it needs a lot of research at universities which hopefully will lead to successfull use in medical practice in the future.

2. Tao Garden is in no way connected with Bioconsult.
Dr. Reiner Theis (MD, M.Sc.)

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