It's not black and white at Thammasat

It's not black and white at Thammasat

Prejudice, sexual violence still exist at this so-called liberal university

Kathawut 'Kath' Khangpiboon won her free-speech suit and may teach at Thammasat University, but still raps the 'liberal' school's prejudice and violence. (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)
Kathawut 'Kath' Khangpiboon won her free-speech suit and may teach at Thammasat University, but still raps the 'liberal' school's prejudice and violence. (Photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)

Black and white uniforms are usually ubiquitous at most Thai universities -- but not at Thammasat University. Formed by Pridi Banomyong over eight decades ago, the university has been perceived as a bastion of liberal values and non-conformity in the country.

The campus, especially at Tha Phrachan near Sanam Luang, has been associated as a focal point of political revolution and the history of the university is underlined with student protests in the 70s.

Its university students have always been perceived as non-conformists. Students at the university often wear casual clothes. Many wear short pants and sandals into class. University executives don't seem to worry about this.

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