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Crisis, reform and recovery
Shalendra D. Sharma

The Asian financial crisis 2 Thailand: crisis, reform and recovery During the period of economic growth, we were too complacent. In good times we forgot many important truths and neglected many important tasks; we opened up our economy, but our stated plans to pursue discipline were not followed up; we attracted massive flows of cheap foreign capital, which we did not always spend or invest with enough prudence . . . we did not examine the fundamentals of our politics and governance or tackle issues such as bureaucratic inefficiency, lack of transparency and lack

in The Asian financial crisis
Thai post-colonial perspectives on kingship
Irene Stengs

In Thailand, no other TV soap series has been as popular as the historical love story Bupphesanniwat (‘Love Destiny’), aired twice a week from 21 February to 11 April 2018. 1 Combining elements of romance, historical drama, ghost story and comedy, the series – situated in the seventeenth-century Ayutthaya of Siam 2 – became a cultural phenomenon. Its main protagonists instantly acquired the status of national celebrities, participating in high society events, advertisements and talk shows. 3 The series gave a boost to ‘nobility style traditional’ Thai

in Monarchies and decolonisation in Asia
Claudia Merli
Trudi Buck

This article considers the contexts and processes of forensic identification in 2004 post-tsunami Thailand as examples of identity politics. The presence of international forensic teams as carriers of diverse technical expertise overlapped with bureaucratic procedures put in place by the Thai government. The negotiation of unified forensic protocols and the production of estimates of identified nationals straddle biopolitics and thanatocracy. The immense identification task testified on the one hand to an effort to bring individual bodies back to mourning families and national soils, and on the other hand to determining collective ethnic and national bodies, making sense out of an inexorable and disordered dissolution of corporeal as well as political boundaries. Individual and national identities were the subject of competing efforts to bring order to,the chaos, reaffirming the cogency of the body politic by mapping national boundaries abroad. The overwhelming forensic effort required by the exceptional circumstances also brought forward the socio-economic and ethnic disparities of the victims, whose post-mortem treatment and identification traced an indelible divide between us and them.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
The iconography of Anglo-American inter-imperialism
Stephen Tuffnell

1899, cover. Gillam continued to merge Anglo-American iconography as an expression of the shared cultural and economic entanglements of the two nations. In ‘The International Siamese Twins’ of 1902, the American eagle and British lion stand together harmoniously, exactly mirroring one another in posture and expression. Binding them together are the economic and emotional bonds of ‘business interests’ and ‘friendship’. 70

in Comic empires
Inga-Lill Hansson
Håkan Lundström

The Akha people live in the border areas of China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Most of them live in the south-western part of the Yunnan province of China, forming part of the Hani nationality, and in adjacent areas in Burma. In Thailand, they are reported to have arrived from Burma at the beginning of the twentieth century. In Akha tradition, long texts are transmitted in the death ritual performed by priests, phirma , and in the rituals of the shamans, nyirpaq . The recording of a seance by

in In the borderland between song and speech
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Siam Bhayro
Sebastian Brock

This paper presents the newly rediscovered ‘Syriac Galen Palimpsest’. The manuscript has been subjected to the latest imaging techniques, which has allowed scholars to identify its undertext as containing a Syriac translation of Galens Book of Simple Drugs. After discussing the history, imaging and identification of the manuscript, we proceed to consider its significance for our understanding of the transmission of Greek medical lore in Syriac and Arabic, for which the Book of Simple Drugs serves as a convenient model. Several common misconceptions,regarding the Syriac medical traditions are addressed, including the assumed inferiority of the Syriac translations, compared to the Arabic ones, and the role of Syriac as an intermediary between Greek and Arabic.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
In search of the Republic of Vietnam war dead
Alex-Thái Dinh Võ

Finding, identifying and interring the war dead are ethically and ceremonially crucial tasks for healing, repairing and legitimising. Before the end of the Vietnam War, the United States had begun to look for missing Americans in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In the wake of its victory and takeover of South Vietnam, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam went to great lengths to identify and immortalise its fallen soldiers. The same cannot be said for the war dead of the Republic of Vietnam, whose fall on 30 April 1975 made the war dead stateless; consequently they have never been legitimately acknowledged by the current Vietnamese government or their former ally, the United States. This article explores the accounting efforts by Nguyen Dạc Thành and the Vietnamese American Foundation to reveal the financial, logistical, technical and political opportunities and challenges in accounting for war dead associated with a state that no longer exists.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Dominique Marshall

). Figure 1: Multimedia kit produced by the NFB and CIDA in 1990. Using the themes of ‘Water: The Wonder Fluid’, ‘Food for Thought’, ‘Health Matters’, and ‘Learning from Each Other’, the kit aimed at ‘exploring life in developing countries with children in Botswana, the Ivory Coast, Peru and Thailand’. It contained a Teacher’s Guide booklet of 64 pages, four posters drawn by Lucie Chantal and Stephen Clarke, three copies of the magazine Under the Same Sun , four audio cassettes, and four fixed projections. Source: ARC, Marc Rockbrune Fonds. Photo: D. Marshall

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Rethinking Digital Divides by Linda Leung
Antonio Díaz Andrade

she organises into three groups by the geographical regions they come from: South East Asians (from Cambodia, Burma and Thailand), Africans and the third group, comprising Iraqis, Iranians and Afghans. She discovers differences in their ability to use telecommunications technology (e.g. telephones, fax machines and mobile phones), depending on their countries of origin, suggesting that conflict, war or government surveillance hindered their abilities. Leung also observes that exposure to new

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs