Both in Japan and Thailand, people believe in the existence of ghosts and spirits. Our religion, Buddhism, is based on animism belief, thus we believe everything has spirits. They are not entirely harmful supernatural beings. Most of them are good spirits, often called gods, who protect us from evils. Strong connections to spirits in [...]
Hi! I’m Ayaka. It’s so exciting to come back to Willamette again this year! I’m a senior, majoring in Sociology and this is my second and last year at WU. I have a little unique background. I am Japanese, but when I was one and a half years old, I moved to Thailand. Most of [...]
Being away for almost a month for blogging, I couldn’t wait to share the theme of this week, Thai food. I bet that many people have already tasted Thai food before, but I would like to let you know that Pat Thai (Stir-fried noodles) and Tom Yum (Hot and Spicy Soup) aren’t the only [...]
Even though the Winter Olympic games, currently in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is traditionally associated with cold weather nations. Thai people also had a chance to participate in the Winter Olympic competition, although there was only one Thai that competed in this event. We are one of the first tropical nations that participated [...]
Although it is not a traditional Thai holiday, Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the country anyway. Thai people, especially, teenagers and young adults buy enormous bouquets of flowers, often with huge teddy bears attached, girls buy their boyfriends flowers, and everybody buys friends and family chocolate and candy.Many couples will go to get marriage certificate [...]
Hi Everyone!! Hope you all have had a fabulous winter break. For me, I spent all of my winter break in my country: Thailand. It might seem pretty boring since I grew up in that country, however this break was very eye-opening and cozy. For the first week, I went to Chiangrai [...]
This is an edited excerpt from a lecture given by Phra Maha Vuthichai Vachiramethi to members of the Bhutanese royal family, the honorable Gembo (former teacher of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel), politicians, business representatives, Unicef staff and guests, at the Royal Guest Hall in Paro, Bhutan, on June 28, 2007.
This week I would like to provide something related to the spooky Halloween event. It is about the legendary supernatural elements; “Nang Nak” or “Thai Ghost Wife” which is a very well known folk/ghost tale in Thailand. The popular legend tells that the story took place around mid 18th century. The story begins as [...]
The theme of this week is the national holiday event. For my country, Songkran Festival or Thai New Year festival is one of the coolest events in Thailand. It starts from April 13 and lasts between 3 and 10 days, depending on where you are in Thailand.
Hi! I’m Akkadet from Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand. I
am now first-year student at Atkinson School of Management which I hope
that I would gain more knowledge in real-world business and thus focus on
my career path.
My interests are swimming, Thai Boxing, traveling and novel reading.
I hope that my participation in Willamette World [...]
Hello and welcome back everyone to Salem,
even though most of you would still rather be at home playing video games and eating chips with salsa (my favorite). I hope you all had a fantastic break. As the price of airline ticket to Thailand is extremely costly, I did not go home. Instead, I decided to [...]
Widespread Terrorism in South of Thailand
Terrorism has successfully captured media attention since 9/11. Most of media coverage on terrorism have primarily focused on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Muslim extremist movement in the Middle-Eastern countries. Terrorism is, in fact, also widespread in South-East Asian countries as well. The Bombing of Bali, the [...]
Continously since the outbreak was first located in South Korea last December, H5N1, also known as the ‘Bird flu’ or ‘Avian Flu’ virus, has consistently spread throughout Asia. The virus hits Thailand big time! It has panicked the Thais greatly, a good many of our people stop eating chicken completely. And since the frozen chicken [...]
My name is Aekaraj Guruvanich, however, I figured that it would be much easier to have people called me by my nickname which is “Raju.” As an exchange student from Thailand on campus, in Kappa Sigma to be exact, I must say that I am certainly having a memorable time here at Willamette.
I have found [...]