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Pathom Sangwongwanich

Asia Focus Reporter

Asia Focus Reporter

Email : pathoms@bangkokpost.co.th

Pathom Sangwongwanich
26 Jun 2017

Dogs, diets and decency

A major annual festival kicked off last Wednesday in a small Chinese city to celebrate the pleasure of eating. Marred by controversy and criticism, this is no ordinary tribute to gastronomy and self-indulgence as it involves consuming canine meat.

26 Jun 2017
29 May 2017

Profound insights into slavery

Kindness, tolerance, compassion and faith are the qualities many people desire in others. Most of us hope to find them in a family member, significant other or longtime friend. No one expects to find them in a slave. But those qualities are evident in the extraordinary and true story of a woman who endured slavery in the United States, decades after it had been abolished.

29 May 2017
27 Mar 2017

US confusion on Pyongyang

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently wrapped up a five-day tour of East Asia, his first official visit to the region, but a sense of ambiguity and insecurity still lingers. Several contentious trade and security issues were on the discussion table, but dealing with belligerent North Korea still seems like a pill US foreign policymakers find hard to swallow.

27 Mar 2017
13 Feb 2017

Beijing plays, Hun Sen dances

The ever-contentious One China policy has flared up again, but this time the spark did not ignite over the Taiwan Strait or across the Pacific Ocean.

13 Feb 2017 2
2 Jan 2017

Rocky road to democracy

2016 has entered the history books as a highly eventful year, with Brexit and Donald Trump's election victory unnerving many people and causing anxiety about the future of Western democracy. Here in the East, meanwhile, we continue to travel along a rocky road toward fully functioning democracy in many countries, with democratic institutions in some cases dominated by kleptocrats, political dynasties and military strongmen.

2 Jan 2017 1