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Thana Boonlert

Bangkok Post columnist

Thana Boonlert is a writer for the Life section and a Bangkok Post columnist.

Thana Boonlert
7 Jan 2022

Migrants seek better times close to home

Carrying a large rucksack, I bought a ticket and walked into a crowded bus terminal in Ekamai where thousands of passengers, wearing face masks, were counting down the clock to return home for the long holidays. The vast station was packed as New Year drew closer. When I got on the bus, a familiar luk thung song was being played, evoking memories.

7 Jan 2022 14
Migrants seek better times close to home
3 Dec 2021

The metaverse: Will it consume my life and soul?

Donning cumbersome headsets, I can jack into the new "digital oasis" where thousands of others will likely migrate. At my fingertips, I can do practically anything from work and play to hanging out and shopping when in fact I am alone in a room. This is the metaverse, or the virtual world that will be the next chapter of the internet.

3 Dec 2021 20
13 Nov 2021

Will liberal arts perish much like razed Scala?

Surrounded by a tall fence, the once-grand Scala, the last stand-alone cinema in Bangkok -- a quasi Cinema Paradiso for movie buffs -- was razed to rubble and thus no more.

13 Nov 2021 59
1 Oct 2021

No one benefits as old regime drags out its end

Standing together in a space demarcated as a forbidden area, two actors began to spread red paint over their bodies and create flags out of ropes and twigs. When they ran wild and cried out "Long live the people!" the message could not be clearer. Performed by the Layyim Theatre group, the gig was a part of the rally held by the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration (UFTD) to commemorate the first year of the movement. It was held in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre on Sunday.

1 Oct 2021 4
6 Sep 2021

A cult of nothingness

Last week, coup-installed senators convened in the corridors of power. When one senator tabled a motion for the virtuous council, I felt like we had travelled back in time to the Second World War. In 1939, the government of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram issued cultural mandates to strengthen Siam in the context of the global war.

6 Sep 2021 8
A cult of nothingness
3 Sep 2021

Rebel courage can be a force for needed change

Clad in khaki uniform, a civil servant gave a three-finger salute even though he knew he could face a disciplinary probe. Nevertheless, he made a moral choice in defiance of the rules and norms that expect bureaucrats to remain politically impartial.

3 Sep 2021 26
30 Jun 2021

Ironing out the many facets of gender recognition

Move Forward Party MP Tunyawaj Kamolwongwat will push for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) draft legislation to ensure gender-responsive budgeting for LGBTI people after the current charter reform.

30 Jun 2021
Ironing out the many facets  of gender recognition
3 May 2021

Always spread your bets around

The World Health Organisation had hailed Thailand's handling of the novel coronavirus at its peak early last year, noting that cooperation and health measures are the keys to success. However, the third wave of the viral pandemic has thrown us into chaos. It has raised the number of infections to over 65,000 and deaths to more than 200, stretching the country's public health system to its limit. What can we learn from this?

3 May 2021 4
Always spread your bets around
1 Mar 2021

Who wants a child amid such instability?

A few weeks ago, the Ministry of Public Health launched a programme titled "Life Balance Smart Family" to pair singles and support soon-to-wed couples in childbearing. The policy came after Thailand was found to have the lowest total fertility rate in its history, dropping below 600,000 infant births for the first time last year. This has brought the birth rate down to 1.51, which is far below the World Health Organisation's recommendation of 2.1.

1 Mar 2021 5