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Dr. Chris Baker and Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit, honorary curators and also the translators and editors of The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen - Siam’s Folk Epic of Love, War and Tragedy will talk about the book and the exhibition Re-Reading Khun Chang Khun Phaen.

About the curators:
Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit obtained her BA and MA from Monash University, Australia, and her PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. She is now Professor of Economics at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. She has worked as an expert for the International Labour Organization, and as a research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. She has twice been appointed a senior research scholar by the Thailand Research Fund. She was invited to give the Wertheim Memorial Lecture in Amsterdam in 1999, and was named a distinguished alumnus of Monash University. She has been a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC; University of Kyoto; Griffiths University, Brisbane and the University of Tokyo. She has written widely in Thai and English on the Thai economy, Japanese investment, the sex industry, corruption, and the illegal economies. Her publications include Corruption and Democracy in Thailand (1994), and Guns, Girls, Gambling, Ganja: Thailand’s Illegal Economy and Public Policy (1998).

Dr. Chris Baker who is originally from England, has a PhD from Cambridge University and previously taught Asian history and politics at Cambridge. In 1979, he moved to Thailand and worked in business, but also taught at several universities. He now works as an independent writer, editor and researcher. He edited the pioneer issue of the Thailand Human Rights Journal (2003) and The Society of Siam: Selected Articles for the Siam Society’s Centenary (2004), and co-edited Recalling Local Pasts: Autonomous History in Southeast Asia (2002), and Van Vliet’s Siam (2005). He has also translated works by King Rama V, Nidhi Eoseewong, Seksan Prasertkul, the Communist Party of Thailand and others.

Special Events and Educational Programs:
Re-Reading Khun Chang Khun Phaen Exhibition
May 14 – September 30, 2011

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