Like her mentor, the father of Thai modern art Professor Silpa Bhirasri, Lawan Upa-in is as much a teacher through and through as she is an artist. Struggling with a way to have a nuanced conversation with a stranger she's just met, she finally gave in to her "habit", asking if she could just address herself as khru (teacher).
"Calling myself dichan feels really awkward," Lawan said, referring to the formal first-person pronoun she had been using with difficulty early on in our conversation.
"I've been calling myself khru all my life."
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