16 Jun 2020
The death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement sparks a conversation about police brutality, discrimination, and systematic racism in the US that spreads across the world, even Thailand. Here, Chatchai Mongkol speaks to African-American teachers on their experience of racism and colourism in Thailand.
10 Jun 2020
Over 400 Thais and foreigners came together in an online protest on Sunday (7 June) in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and called for justice for George Floyd. The protest was held on Zoom due to legal and Covid-19 concerns.
5 Jun 2020
An online rally in support of #BlackLivesMatter movement and to protest against George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been set for Sunday, 7 June.
18 Feb 2020
Cartoon by Stephff: Sinophobia is now a global health emergency.
9 Jan 2016
A 'Whiteness makes you win' ad by Thai skincare company Seoul Secret promoting skin-whitening pills called Snowz (seriously?) has hit Thai social media hard, made the major dailies such as the Bangkok Post and
12 Dec 2015
This column is a follow up to this column on how Thailand is at the Bottom of the Global Creativity Index’s ‘ethnic and religious tolerance’ indicator, on which Thailand ranked 127th out of 130 countries. The importance of creativity is that it is linked to growth, especially in cities, where a cosmopolitan mix lends itself to dynamism.
25 Feb 2015
If you haven’t already caught it, I do recommend the clip of an incident on the Paris Metro just before last week’s PSG vs Chelsea game. For his dignified confrontation against wilfully ignorant loutishness, the actions of M. Suleymane would be hard to best. After a 10-hour day, he just wanted to get home, but was pushed out of a train, twice, by Chelsea supporters chanting ‘We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.’ He lost his phone in the incident.
21 Apr 2013
A 30-year-old resident of the US who was born in Bangladesh was beaten up in the Bronx on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings. A group of 3 or 4 men, described by the victim as Hispanic looking, had decided that the bombing was the work of Arabs. They then assumed that the Bangladeshi looked sufficiently Arab and ‘took revenge’. The Bangladeshi man hadn’t even seen the news at that point and had no idea why he was being attacked.
18 Sep 2009
The issue of race has reared its ugly head in the US once more; Americans should not be afraid now to talk about it openly
1 Aug 2009
Sticking to stereotypical profiling is easy, but looking beyond that is more challenging The ongoing debate about the arrest, brief though it was, of Harvard University's African-American Studies' Professor Henry Louis Gates is a clear reminder of how race issues are still far from being resolved in the United States despite the election of the first African-American president last year. It's also a reminder of how Americans are still susceptible to quickly jumping onto the stereotypical idea of what it means to be black or white.