We did it, Reddit! Despite a difficult year for the media – the Thai Journalist Association called it a year of ‘downfalls and storms’ – that saw TV channels shut down and a newspaper folded, Khaosod English made it to the end of 2019, and onward to the year 2020.
Per annual tradition, we ask our staff writers to talk about their favorite stories of the year.
Capturing the delicate cultural clashes of international school students hazed upon entering Thai universities reflected not only my own experience, but also those of my peers.
Interviewing Grandpa Anussorn about his epic road trip in the ‘70s made me nostalgic for my own late grandfather, Tang Nguk-uang to which the two-part series on what Thai-Chinese think about the Hong Kong protests is dedicated. He would’ve had a lot to say.
It was my pleasure to write about topics I am passionate about – horror films and the quirkiness we lived with everyday. Not only did they give me the chance to distract myself from the buzz of daily happenings, they also offer our readers a deeper insight into Thai culture and beliefs. I also learned something new (even for a Thai) when reporting them.
The year 2019 in three words: China, China, and China. How the current administration deals with the growing assertion and willpower of China will likely shape Thailand and regional geopolitics for the decade to come.
Rumors that the historic mansion has been torn down prompted me to venture into the sprawling complex of Amphorn Sathan royal residence – the only reporter to have stepped foot inside so far, I was told – to see it for myself. It was an interesting trip.