It is with great sadness that I must report Dr Pattana Kittiarsa, an extraordinary scholar, passed away on Wednesday, after battling pancreatic cancer.
Pattana was in Singapore, where he was an associate professor in Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He was born in 1968 in Nong Khai and he maintained his roots in this Lao-speaking region.
As a child he was attracted to muay Thai, but although he did not pursue a career in it, he would go on as a scholar to produce a fascinating study, ``The Lives of Hunting Dogs'', about the significance of muay Thai in understanding male gender identify in Thailand, particularly in rural areas.
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