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Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban of Blackpink with a Caishen phone screen.

Chinese God of Wealth Becomes Unlikely Meme on Thai Internet

BANGKOK — Consumerism, K-pop, social media, celebrity power, and superstition come together in the latest craze on Thai internet right now.
Billy Ogan, Paowalee Pornpimol, Tom Room 39, and BNK48 Fond as they appear in “Let Love Be the Bridge” music videos. Image: Pope Visit Thailand / YouTube

‘Let Love Be the Bridge,’ Pope Francis’ Thailand Visit Gets Official MV

BANGKOK — Thai Catholic singers band together to star in “Let Love Be the Bridge,” the official music video for Pope Francis’ visit this November. 
Photo: Wirintorn Diloktharadol / Facebook

Netizen Raises Alarm Over Marker Ink Seeping Into Street Food Bag

BANGKOK — Take home a steaming bag of congee for dinner, complete with pork, a soft boiled egg, zesty ginger strips and spring onions, with a dash of soy sauce – and permanent marker ink?

Locked and Loaded: Thai Cops Join ‘Tetris Challenge’

LAMPANG — The police in northern Thailand arrested the attention of netizens nationwide after they tried their hand at the “Tetris Challenge,” the latest global internet craze.

Minister Orders Cafes, Restaurants To Collect Customers’ Wifi Data

BANGKOK — A minister said on Tuesday cafe and restaurant operators with free wifi service must collect internet traffic data used by their customers up to 90 days, or face punishment.
A visualization of WASP-50 b. Image: NASA

Here’s Thailand’s Chance to Name a Star and Exoplanet

ERIDANUS — It’s time for Thailand to take its place among the stars – by name. And you can dictate what they will be, whether it’s after Thailand’s rivers, pretty words about sparkling, or descriptive, glorious words about the skies.
Photos: Lalalalisa_m / Instagram

Lisa Blackpink Donates 100k Baht to Flood Victims

BANGKOK — Lisa Blackpink is looking out for her Isaan blinks. Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban, 22, a member of Kpop band Blackpink, donated 100,000 baht to...
Two of the four paintings in the collection by a student at Nakhonratchasima Rajabhat University. Insert: a selfie of Parina Kraikup. Photo: Parina Kraikup / Facebook

Junta Party MP Condemns ‘Ultraman Buddha’

NAKHON RATCHASIMA — A pro-government lawmaker on Monday condemned a collection of paintings that depict Buddha as a Japanese superhero, while others see nothing...
Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, center, protests in front of the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok on June 4, 2019.

What Do Thai-Chinese Think About the Hong Kong Protests? (Part II)

While their agong and ama shuffle through Chinese newspapers, Thai-Chinese millennials are reading US-based online news and scanning the Twitters and Instagrams of their Hong Kong friends.
Background: annotated images of items worn by Natruja “Kaew” Chutiwansophon being compared to authentic ones. Photo: Idol’s Panties by 7Mangda / Facebook. Insert: Kaew BNK48 / Facebook.

‘Queen’ of BNK48 Accused of Toting Fake Gucci Bag

Update: The performer has been suspended for a month by her parent group BNK48, citing her action as "an inappropriate model for the youth...





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