Weekly News Magazines, December 25, 2015-January 8, 2016

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From Matichon Weekly, December 25-31, 2015
Main cover reads: Tuk Tuk [pink] Identity of the ‘country,’ Identity of Thailand
[The woman is Miss Universe Thailand Aniporn “Nat” Chalermburanawong. The title refers to the Tuk Tuk dress which won the Best National Costume award at the Miss Universe pageant. This dress received strong criticism from the public because for many Thais, it does not represent Thai tradition or culture and emphasizes the cheap vehicles that has limited appeal to the public. However, supporters of the dress stresse4d that the tuk tuk reminds foreigners about Thailand.]

Top right: Roundfinger celebrates the wedding of ‘NewStampt’
[The photo shows the wedding of famous singer Stamp Apiwat and his girlfriend whose nickname is New.]

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From Lokwannee, December 26, 2015-January 8, 2016
Main cover reads: Hello, the year of monkey. [black] (Governing the country… is not difficult!)
Signs on the bench: Go without return; Sleep and not wake up; Don’t revive; Cannot escape
[Refers to the Chinese lunar calendar which indicates that 2016 will be a year of money. The cover mimics the three famous three wise Japanese monkeys which illustrates the proverbial principle ‘see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.’ The actions of the moneys shows the actions of the junta towards the public by controlling the freedom of people.
All the signs on the bench are famous quotes used to express the truth of dharma which contends that all humans cannot avoid death. Similarly, the junta also cannot avoid the end of their government.]

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From Manager Weekly, December 26, 2015-January 1, 2016
Main cover reads: Drama [white] of Universe
[The women from left to right: 1st runner Miss Columbia Ariadna Guitierrez, Miss Thailand Aniporn “Nat” Chalermburanawong, and Miss Universe from the Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Refers to the terrible mistake of the wrong announcement of Miss Universe and the criticism about the Thai national costume ‘Tuk Tuk’ which won the best national costume after being strong criticized by many Thais.]

Bottom left: From Big Tu’s heart. I am the country. [green] “Should let [Veera] die in the jail”
[The men on the cover are Veera Somkwamkid and PM Prayuth.
The refers to yellow shirt activist Veera who was released from a Cambodian jail with the assistance of the junta. Recently, he criticized the junta, particularly on strengthening ties with Cambodia. PM Prayuth, on the other hand, was unsatisfied with his criticism.]

Bottom right: Pete Bodharamik
[blue] “A rich man of 4G”
[white] It’s time to know this man
[The man in the picture is Jasmine International CEO Pete Bodharamik.
This refers to the biding of 4G licenses which was won by True Corporation and Pete’s company Jasmine International. This article introduces him and his company to the public and explores the new competition in the telecom market in the future.]

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From Nation Weekend, December 25, 2015
Main cover reads:  Give me a hug for keeping warm
[The man on the left is Cambodian PM Hun Sen while a man on the right is PM Prayuth. Refers to the visit of Cambodia PM Hun Sen to Thailand in order to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.]

Drama ‘Miss Universe’ [yellow] to ‘Thailand’s Tuk Tuk’
[The woman in the picture is Miss Universe Thailand Aniporn “Nat” Chalermburanawong.]

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2 Responses to Weekly News Magazines, December 25, 2015-January 8, 2016

  1. Stephen says:

    Hello Thanit,
    I’m a big fan of this blog. It really helps me understand what is going on in Thailand while I’m in the US.

    For the second magazine, did you mean “monkey” instead of “money”? I know that some years are also considered lucky or cursed or wealthy, so I’m not sure. But I do know that next year is the year of the monkey too.

    Thanks for all your hard work! Please keep it up!

  2. Editor says:

    Thanks for you kind words. And for pointing out that typo! 🙂

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