Unlike its neighbors, Thailand has never been colonized or annexed-but keeping it that way has been a stern challenge. This program examines Thailand's political independence, which is based on democratic and generally peaceful rule by a culturally supported monarchy. However, growing dissatisfaction has caused grass-roots dissent, as demonstrated by the lyrics of pop music idol d Karabao, who protests against imported consumer goods, and the agitation of "Ubon Without a Border," a group lobbying for open access with Laos and Cambodia. The powerful yet incongruous influences of Thai boxing and Buddhism are also assessed.
Thailand: Free and Independent (2:44) -- Burma: A Ruined Country (2:30) -- Wealthy Border Town and Illegal Drug Trade (3:11) -- Thai Consumers Buy Foreign Goods (4:16) -- Protest Music in Thailand (1:48) -- Thai Boxing: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty (2:15) -- Thai Dried Fish Business on the River Nan (2:06) -- Religious Festival in Thailand (3:42) -- Old Legendary Capital of Thailand (1:27) -- Bangkok: Capital of Thailand (2:36) -- Bangkok's Growing Social Problems (2:34) -- Popularity of Thai Boxing (3:12) -- Bangkok Nightlife (4:30) -- Ruins of a 12th-Century Khmer Shrine (3:18) -- Thai Dissidents Seek a Relaxed Border With Laos (2:54) -- Political Agitation in Thailand (2:55)
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