Source: East Asia Forum
Author: Patrick Jory, University of Queensland
On 8 February 2019, Thai Raksa Chart (a Thai political party aligned with exiled, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra) made the bombshell announcement that it was nominating King Vajiralongkorn’s elder sister, Ubolratana, as its candidate for prime minister. Late that same night, the King issued a royal command, almost as explosive, effectively forbidding the nomination.
Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechapol Pongpanich holds up the application of candidate for Prime Minister, Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, at the election commission office in Bangkok, Thailand, 8 February 2019 (Photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha).
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To understand the extraordinary events, some historical context is helpful. At the risk of generalisation, Thailand’s political history since the student uprisings of October 1973 has moved in the direction of opening up the political system to mass political participation through elections, political parties and the parliament.
That opening has been resisted by what Fred Riggs called the ‘bureaucratic polity’: Thailand’s powerful, sprawling bureaucracy. The military can be understood as the armed wing of this bureaucratic polity, while the monarchy under King Bhumibol lent it enormous legitimacy.
Despite stuttering steps towards democratisation, the bureaucratic polity and military have always been able to adjust their modus operandi and continue to run the country, more …continue reading
Street Style during day one of London Fashion Week
I’m all a flutter with model Emily O’donell from Milan. Here she wears a
monochrome suit and matching boots by Agne Kuzmickaite
Cheri, Cheri, Cheri
Welcome to London the lovely Korean beauty and way cool Fashion Stylist,
not to mention blogger, outuber and influencer, Chei 챌미
Hi Harper, my wooly friend. Hope you like what you’re seeing here today.
Especially from Hope Macaulay Hope you two ladies get along.
Play nicely now. We don’t sish to get unravelled. Just to bask in the glory
of beauty and be awash in a sea of colours, and feel good about it al.
Twinkle toes feather’s the clement weather, in her cute pink heels.
This is BFC staff member Andrea from Singapore, wearing a
tweed coat from Zara, a Chanel bag, a Carine Roitfeld & Uniglo leather top,
NastyGirl skirt and sheath boots by Versus.
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Source: Supaku Blog
Recently, Good Smile Company announced the upcoming Springfield/スプリングフィールド T-Doll Nendoroid. It will be manufactured specifically by their Good Smile Arts Shanghai branch. Also, an exclusive printed circular base will be included for pre-ordering in the Good Smile online store and an exclusive A1 clear file will be included for pre-ordering in other participating Japan stores. Release date is on September 19. For more details, check out the official Nendoroid page.
Source: Gaijin Pot
Learning and memorizing Japanese kana can be a grueling process. What’s more: when you’ve finished mastering hiragana, you then have to learn katakana. Thanks for having two alphabets, Japan. If dry memorization isn’t your game — talk about foreshadowing — I’ve found some games that may help make this process a little more amusing.
Each of these three titles caters to a different style of gaming: there’s an old school RPG, a Japanese choose-your-own-adventure and a simple quiz style. Have a go at all three and see which one works best for you.
1. Japanese Dungeon
Fans of old-school Nintendo dungeon role play games, rejoice. Developer Jong Jin Kim has given us Lancelot, a knight who has heard many good things about Japan and would like to visit. Like most of us, he needs to first save up money to make this happen. Kim’s mission for us is to help Lancelot defeat orcs and collect coins — all while we learn Japanese.
Lancelot begins slaying orcs in the Level 1 Dungeon, where we are introduced to five hiragana to memorize at a time. Once confident, the battle engages and each correct romanized reply to the hiragana shown is a hit to the Orc captain.
As you progress, you can level up and be more likely to throw critical hits. After each level, you have the option to watch a quick ad for gold, and whereas I’m normally against this, I found I didn’t mind because I really wanted to level up my character and see what his crits would be.
To enter the next dungeon, you need a certain number of rubies and daily quests definitely help speed this along. The quests make you practice more via leveling up, performing a certain amount of critical hits …continue reading