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  • Protesters disperse after clashing with police, rubber bullets, tear-gas fired

    Anti-government protesters have dispersed after clashing with anti-riot police who fired tear-gas and rubber bullets to stop them from approaching an army unit on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road which houses the...

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    Anti-government protesters have dispersed after clashing with anti-riot police who fired tear-gas and rubber bullets to stop them from approaching an army unit on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road which houses the residence of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

    There were no immediate official reports of injuries but journalists at the scene reported seeing some protesters and policemen injured.

    It was the most violent anti-Prayut demonstration in recent weeks which saw protesters hurl projectiles at hundreds of anti-riot police guarding the First Infantry Battalion of the First Regiment of the Royal Guards. The police responded with tear-gas, rubber bullets and high-pressure water jets.

    The protesters, demonstrating under the name of the so-called “Free Youths Group”, first converged at the Victory Monument before marching to the army unit.   They managed to remove some of the containers placed by authorities to block their passage in front of the army barrack and confronted the police.

    The leadership of the demonstration was unclear as the protesters claimed to be “leaderless” and organized the demonstration via social media platforms.

    The protesters ignored repeated orders by police to disperse, shouting obscenities at them.    The protest seriously disrupted traffic on the normally busy Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

    Though some protesters were seen apprehended by the police during the melee, there were no immediate official reports of arrests or charges filed.

    Most protesters started dispersing at around 9.30 pm, as police took control of the situation.

     

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    28 February 2021
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  • Police clash with protesters, rubber bullets, tear-gas fired

    Police fired teargas and rubber bullets as they clashed with anti-government protesters in front of an army unit on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road which houses the residence of Prime Minister Prayut...

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    Police fired teargas and rubber bullets as they clashed with anti-government protesters in front of an army unit on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road which houses the residence of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

    Journalists at the scene reported that some protesters hurled projectiles as they tried to approach a defence line of anti-riot police in front of the First Infantry Battalion of the First Regiment of the Royal Guards.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries. At press time, hundreds of protesters ignored orders to disperse and were still rallying in front of the army unit.

    Authorities had placed dozens of containers along the road in front of the entire length of the compound of the army barrack in an attempt to block the protesters.  Razor-wires were also placed to prevent pedestrians from using the bridge in front of the barracks.

    Two companies of about 200 anti-riot police were reportedly deployed in front of the barrack in Bangkhen district, while two more companies reportedly on standby.

    The protesters, demonstrating in the name of the so-called “Free Youths Group”, first converged at the Victory Monument before marching to the army barracks.

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    28 February 2021
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  • Myanmar Report: The left-handed pen

    As international pressure increases, the coup installed government of Myanmar, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has ordered the news media to submit to reporting the military’s propaganda, while...

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    As international pressure increases, the coup installed government of Myanmar, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has ordered the news media to submit to reporting the military’s propaganda, while security forces attack and detain members of the press.

    “As the brutality intensifies, with the firing of live bullets in certain areas of the country, the news media are again being put at great risk, as in the days of previous military juntas. Field reporters, photo and video journalists are in danger of having their equipment broken, physical violence and other harassments, while those based in the office are haunted by the spectre of legal, or illegal, action by the military government.”

    For the people of Myanmar, it is no longer just a question of loyalty to the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD), but a broader focus on overthrowing the military dictatorship.

    For many members of the Fourth Estate in Myanmar, however, simply being a journalist is more akin to being a pro-democracy activist than it is about maintaining an unshakeable commitment to neutrality.

    Many facets of the duties and ethics of a journalist are synonymous with being anti-authoritarian. Myanmar’s history, even before becoming a colony of world powers, was rife with authoritarianism. The modern history of Myanmar has not seen any improvement.

    The NLD

    Even during the administration of the National League for Democracy (NLD), ruling after winning the 2015 General Election in a landslide, numerous journalists and others, critical of the administration, were also jailed.

    The NLD held sway over most of the opinions of the people. When Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters reporters, were jailed under the colonial-era official secrets act, for trying to expose the killing of Rohingya Muslims by the military, many supported the decision. Even though they were released way prior to the end of their sentence of 7 years, they still served over one and a half years, despite international condemnation.

    They are not the only ones charged and jailed under the first term of the NLD government, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Fast forward to the 2021 coup, and the media is looking down the barrel of the gun yet again but, this time, the gun is more than just a metaphor.

    “Z”, a former political journalist, says that it will be worse this time, but the media will mostly be united again.

    “When the media, especially local media, dared to criticize the NLD administration, they incurred the wrath of not only the government, but the people as well. There is a very prominent example of this in recent history,” said Z.

    While he did not specify, he pointed to a dynamic shift between the media and the first-ever civilian government. The people loved their elected government, and Aung San Suu Kyi as an icon of freedom and democracy, who could do no wrong.

    Z says “If you criticized them, your sales dropped. You saw newspapers and journals, who were fiercely critical, starting to lose the people’s trust. You saw them start to censor themselves. You began to see journalists from different media organizations become enemies.”

    “Now, however, the dynamic has shifted. Most private media organization, which pride themselves on being free and fair, have issued a joint statement against the military government’s orders to stop painting the junta in a negative light. The military have threatened legal action against them,” says Z.

    Myanmar Journal: Local media defy orders to not use terms “military coup” or “military government”

    February 25 – At least 25 local news media organizations in Myanmar have issued a joint statement defying of orders from the Ministry of Information, which threatened revocation of licenses if the news media continues to use the terms “military coup”, “military government” or “coup government”.

    The coup government

    It was a blast from the past for many veteran journalists, who lived through previous junta control, way before the military came up with its 2008 constitution, which assures its hold on power, no matter the state of “democracy” in the country.

    “It used to be that the Myanmar Press Council could, as it is rightly and duty-bound to do so, mediate and solve issues between any entities that claim to be news media,” said “K”, a former member of the press council who asked not to be named.

    The Myanmar Press Council was formed, after the abolition of the junta’s pre-publication censorship laws in 2012. The council was initially appointed by the Ministry of Information but, after much criticism from the local media, it is now made up of representatives of private media, supposedly to be more independent and impartial.

    According to K, he and most others resigned after the coup, as they could no longer perform their duties as per the news media law and the constitution. In fact, many members resigned after issuing statements against the Cybersecurity Bill, promulgated by the military government, which all but ensures restrictions on freedom of speech and rights to information.

    K says “I resigned simply because we can no longer perform our duties, as per the military’s demands, and to protect journalists and the right of citizens to access information.”

    Yamin Myatt Aye, an author and freelance journalist, says that all those who declare, with pride, that they are journalists clearly know that the junta government is illegitimate and that they do not need to follow its instructions. She believes that the military government will only put more pressure on the news media from now on.

    “I’m 90% sure that local media publishing rights and licenses will be revoked, as the two free-to-air channels (Democrative Voice of Burma and Mizzima [sic]) lost their broadcasting rights soon after the military staged the coup,” said Yamin Myatt Aye.

    Soon after the coup, the Ministry of Information sent notices to local media to stop using terms like “coup government”, “coup regime” or “military coup”, instead using phrases like “military seizing power”.

    The requests have been soundly rejected by at least 40 news organisations, claiming that the military’s demands were neither constitutional nor in line with extant news media laws.

    Police arrest Myanmar Now journalist Kay Zon Nwe in Yangon on February 27, 2021, as protesters were taking part in a demonstration against the military coup. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

    Ongoing conflict

    While it is still too soon to tell whether the news media will be cowed by the military’s might, what’s for sure is that the police are now indiscriminately attacking and arresting members of the press.

    On February 26th, a Japanese freelance journalist, Yuki Kitazuni, was arrested by the police and detained. He was released a few hours later and told the Japanese news media that the police feigned ignorance and mistakenly arrested him despite a clear indication of PRESS displayed on his helmet.

    The next day, a countrywide crackdown on peaceful protests saw a sizable number of journalists arrested. The NGO Athan reports that, on February 27th alone, 19 journalists were arrested with 10 released again, 6 are still in detention and the fate of 3 is still unknown. Kachin State saw the arrest of 6 journalists, Yangon the second highest with 5 and Sagaing with 3.

    Whatever the fate of the news media in the coming few weeks, what is for sure is that most private news media, and the people, are both entirely against the military coup government.

    In much the same way that Myanmar 2021’s coup has pushed citizens, in many walks of life and across generations, NLD supporters or not, to fight against military dictatorship, the military has created a situation where journalists in Myanmar must stand with the protesters.

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    28 February 2021
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  • Health Minister Anutin becomes the first Thai to be given COVID-19 vaccination

    Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul became the first Thai to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine on Sunday morning, at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute. The inoculation was administered by...

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    Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul became the first Thai to be inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine on Sunday morning, at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute.

    The inoculation was administered by virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan and witnessed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, whose scheduled injection today was postponed indefinitely due to an administrative problem related to the AstraZeneca vaccine from Britain.

    Agriculture Minister Chalermchai Sri-on, Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha, Culture Minister Itthiphol Khunpluem and Deputy Education Minister Kanokwan Vilawan, Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrachit and Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Disease Control Department and several other health officials were among the first group to be inoculated.

    In his address to those present, the prime minister said today is a historic day, as he thanked all officials involved in the efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and in the procurement of the vaccines.

    Noting that there were no side effects detected 15 minutes after the inoculations were given, the prime minister said this was an indication of Thailand’s readiness to cope with the contagion.

    Meanwhile in Samut Sakhon, Thailand’s current hot bed of the COVID-19 pandemic, 159 selected people, including the public health chief, Tha Sai Tambon Administration Organizer mayor and assistant provincial governor were also inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine at the provincial hospital.

    The hospital received 20,000 doses of the vaccine yesterday.

    The hospital’s director, Dr. Anukul Thathanan, said that, in the initial stage, Samut Sakhon will be assigned 70,000 doses of vaccine, to be given to high risk people at various hospitals in the province.

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    28 February 2021
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  • Thailand records 70 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

    70 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Thailand on Sunday, including 58 cases in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon. The CCSA say that, of the new cases, 62 are...

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    70 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Thailand on Sunday, including 58 cases in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon.

    The CCSA say that, of the new cases, 62 are locally-acquired infections and 8 are among arrivals from the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Canada, Switzerland and the US.

    In addition to the 58 new cases in Samut Sakhon, there are 11 in Pathum Thani and 1 each in Chon Buri and Nakhon Pathom.

    Cumulative infections, since early last year, are 25,951, with 25,128 recoveries and 83 deaths. 740 others are still being treated in hospitals.

    Worldwide, cumulative infections up to 10am today are 114,365,592, with 89,920,889 recoveries and 2,536,703 deaths. The United States has the most infections with 29,202,824, followed by 11,096,440 cases in India, 10,517,232 in Brazil, 4,234,720 in Russia and 4,170,519 cases in the United Kingdom.

    Thailand is ranked 114th.

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    28 February 2021
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  • Movement, manipulation and marvels

    A traditional puppet troupe adds to the pleasure of exploring the slow life in an old Bangkok neighbourhood After watching a short performance, a foreigner in the audience was invited...

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    A traditional puppet troupe adds to the pleasure of exploring the slow life in an old Bangkok neighbourhood

    After watching a short performance, a foreigner in the audience was invited to come up on stage. A good sport, he obliged and while it was clear that this was the first time he had danced with a puppet, never mind such a unique one, he rose to the occasion impressively, blending in with the two well-trained performers.

    This all took place on a recent afternoon at Ban Silapin or Artist’s House in Klong Bang Luang where the Sippatham Dance Troupe has been performing with their Thai small puppets for Thai and foreign tourists since 2010.  The three performers, clad all in black and operating a meticulously carved puppet, are the new generation of the troupe, some of whom won top prize at the World Festival of Puppet Art back in 2006.

    photo by Veerawut​ Kiattiwong​

    For those not familiar with traditional Thai performance, it comes as a surprise to see three well-built performers manipulating a small puppet as if a single individual couldn’t handle the weight of this small doll.

    In fact, the weight is not an issue, but the complicated manipulation is too much for just two hands. To manipulate a puppet and make it appear that it is alive and moving, one performer controls the body, the second takes the left hand and foot and the last takes the right hand and foot.

    For a decade since their first performance at this Ban Silapin, the troupe has continued to provide performing lessons not only to youngsters who are interested in traditional art and want to pass it on to the next generation, but also audiences from near and far. In this show, the foreign guest got a glimpse of the tricks used in performing. The host explained to him how to express anger through the stamping of the feet and a few waves of the puppet’s hand instead of facial expression.

    photo by Veerawut​ Kiattiwong​

    The puppet performance is only one of the attractions at Ban Silapin and Klong Bang Luang in the Phasi Charoen area. Near the house is an old canal-side market where visitors can enjoy meals and the atmosphere of bygone days. Across the small waterway, there’s another flea market at Wat Kamphaeng that was set up to cater to the increasing number of tourists. And some weekends, at Ban Silapin itself, visitors can stock up on organic produce from Chiang Dao in Chiang Mai province.

    Klong Bang Luang or Klong Bangkok Yai was once part of the Chao Phraya River. The section had always been considered as a detour due to the several bends in the river and a shortcut was built in 1522 to facilitate people travelling between the Central and the Northern regions, leaving Klong Bang Luang in oblivion for centuries.

    The section has become livelier in recent years and is now one of the most popular city destinations for foreign tourists looking for a slow-paced life by the canal. Many of them hire long-tail boats and zigzag in and around canal-side communities.

    photo by Veerawut​ Kiattiwong​

    The forgotten part of the canal was revived after the arrival of Ban Silapin, which was built as a home for all types of arts, from painting to drawing, and photography to writing and performing.

    A decade on, Ban Silapin has not only become a home for arts, but also has revived the neighbourhood by the water.

    The show is daily held between 2pm and 3pm.  Admission used to be free but since the coronavirus pandemic, visitors are requested to buy a 100-baht ticket. However, check before you go as the show will be cancelled if the troupe is hired for an event outside the property. For a group of more than 25 people, please make a reservation at 084-880-7340.

    To get there, take BTS to Bang Wa station or the MRT to Bang Phai station, then take a motorcycle taxi or a taxi to either Wat Kuha Sawan or Wat Kamphaeng. The house is located roughly halfway between these two temples.

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    28 February 2021
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  • Troops block outbound Vibhavadi Rangsit road in Bangkhen district ahead of Free Youth protest

    Army troops placed containers along the road in front of the entire length of the compound of the First Infantry Battalion of the First Regiment of the Royal Guards, on...

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    Army troops placed containers along the road in front of the entire length of the compound of the First Infantry Battalion of the First Regiment of the Royal Guards, on the outbound Vibhavadi Rangsit road, at about 1am Sunday, to prevent protesters of the Free Youth group from rallying in front of the barracks.

    Razor- wire has also been placed to block pedestrians from using the bridge in front of the barracks, which also houses the official residence of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

    Two companies of about 200 anti-riot police are to be deployed in front of the barracks in Bangkhen district, while two more companies are on standby.

    The Free Youth group urged supporters, via social media, to converge at the Victory Monument at about 3pm before marching to the army barracks.

    The blockade of the outbound Vibhavadi Rangsit road has forced motorists to use alternative routes, such as the expressway and the elevated tollway.

    The Free Youth group, which is a part of the anti-establishment Ratsadon group, did not give any details about what they are to protest about, or when the protest will end but, in the past couple of days, groups associated with the Ratsadon group rallied in front of Bangkok Remand Prison to demand the release of four Ratsadon core leaders detained at the prison, pending trial on lèse majesté and other charges.

    The four detainees are Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Anon Nampa, Somyos Prueksakasemsook and Patiwat Saraiyaem.

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    28 February 2021
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  • Turning the pandemic into opportunity

    Personal trainers have adapted the way they train their clients in the Covid-19 era to help those who are uncomfortable going to physical locations Thanakorn Sripong, 25, found starting a...

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    Personal trainers have adapted the way they train their clients in the Covid-19 era to help those who are uncomfortable going to physical locations

    Thanakorn Sripong, 25, found starting a new job during the coronavirus pandemic truly overwhelming. He was taken on as a hotel gym instructor in late February 2020 just as the virus started to spread into Thailand. By the end of that month, it had turned into a full-blown pandemic.

    “During the first month of my employment, all my colleagues could say was ‘the hotel is not usually like this’. I heard it so many times, it was like a formal greeting,” he recalls.

    But he tried to keep things in perspective and did a good job. Then at the end of last year, a new wave of Covid-19 infections exploded and last month, a group of hotel employees including Thanakorn were told by their employers to leave their jobs because Covid had wrecked the hospitality industry.

    “It came as no surprise to me. The hotel’s bookings have been down,” he says.

    During the pandemic, fitness instructors like Thanakorn turned to training people virtually. He wasn’t reluctant to give it a try. And it worked. He’s since acquired new clients with a little help from his friends.

    “I’m trying to stay positive. No one can deny that the new wave of infections is harder than the old one. No one knows when it will be over. So, I’ve come up with a brochure advertising my services – both in person and remotely. Now I have two clients, one from Bangkok and another from Phetchaburi province. I trained my clients at the hotel’s gym to earn some extra money. It shouldn’t be a problem for me,” adds Thanakorn, who holds a degree in Sports Science.

    Thanakorn Sripong (L)

    Nonthaburi-based Pilates and yoga instructor Yupawan Rangabprai has also turned to the digital world. She’s busy creating YouTube video workouts in an effort to keep people entertained and active. She does it for free but says she gets a big payoff for all her efforts.

    “I’m realising that I can reach a lot more people by going online with my training. Going online means we can meet everyone no matter where they are. I have new clients from the provinces, one from Chiang Mai and one from Phuket. They watched my videos and liked my training style so they contacted me,” she says.

    Yupawan also posted her stories, workout routines and diets on Instagram to inspire a physically fit and healthy lifestyle. What’s more, she’s uploaded workout challenges to promote her training services on a short video app.

    “The content on TikTok is short, easy consumed and sharable. It works well for advertising products and services,” she said.

    During the lockdown, Yupawan trained her clients virtually, allowing her to service them from afar but without foregoing the personal connection that clients like. But, she says, the system has its limitations.

    “I find it hard to give directions on postures and see if my clients are doing them correctly when I train online. I enjoy in-person training more,” she says, adding that more than 40% of her clients are elderly and thus need more help and attention when exercising.

    Prior to the pandemic, Yupawan worked out of a fitness studio based in Nonthaburi where she trained her clients in person for five to seven sessions in a day and taught several classes in a week.

    But last April, the government put a lockdown in place in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Fitness studios and gyms across the country were ordered to shut their doors resulting in a blow to a lot of personal trainers’ pockets.

    There were no physical locations where Yupawan’s could train her clients. She was faced with a mass of cancellations because of the virus and had to apply to receive unemployment benefits from the Social Security Office.

    Yupawan Rangabprai

    “I knew that people were concerned for their health and safety and rightly so.  But I have tried to keep in touch with my clients,” she says.

    For some trainers like Thanakorn and Yupawan, the lockdowns have been a financial disaster.

    Titipong Buakhumpu, a trainer at FitFac Muay Thai Academy boxing gym, followed another path during lockdown, travelling to his clients’ homes to run training sessions.

    “The gym’s manager reached out to me and asked me to train clients who wanted to continue training at home. I adjusted the workout routine, kept it simple and offered high-quality training with minimal equipment,” he explains.

    Even now, despite restrictions being lifted and strict hygiene protocols put in place, the majority of people seem to feel uncomfortable going back to the gym.

    “I lost 25% of my personal clients because people are just scared,” Titipong laments.

    He says that the boxing gym where he works strictly adheres to the gym and fitness facilities guidelines set by the government. According to him, the gym limits the number of patrons to 18 in any one-hour time slot.

    “Patrons need to book the gym space to use in advance. I always wear a mask and practise social distancing while training a client,” he stresses.

    Titipong tried virtual training but had trouble making it work because he found it hard to establish a connection with someone he had never met.

    Hoping for a better tomorrow

    The Covid-19 pandemic has created circumstances that are unique to trainers, instructors and the fitness industry. But they remain hopeful that the business will bounce back eventually.

    “We have to stay positive, get creative and be flexible right now. We don’t know how long this will continue. For me, I just keep focused on what’s in front of me and most importantly, keep moving forwards,” Yupawan says.

    For his part, Titipong keeps going forward with his plan of helping his clients eat better.

    “My clients have different fitness goals. Some want to lose their weight, many simply want to maintain it. Others just want to achieve better overall health. I want to help them plan their meals so they can meet their goals more easily. Hopefully, I can sell my meal plans at some point,” he says.

    Thanakorn, who has lost his job, wants to make good use of the crisis and turn all challenges into opportunities.

    “If luck is on my side, hopefully my virtual training programme will bear fruit when I become a freelance trainer.”

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    28 February 2021
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  • Myanmar government reportedly clamping down on journalists

    Myanmar government reportedly clamping down on journalists. This clip shows plain clothes officers making an arrest. The person being detained was later identified as Kyaw Kyaw Min, CEO of Monywa...

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    Myanmar government reportedly clamping down on journalists. This clip shows plain clothes officers making an arrest. The person being detained was later identified as Kyaw Kyaw Min, CEO of Monywa Gazette. (Video obtained through David Tun)

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    28 February 2021
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  • A Roller-coaster Ride to Success

    Globally renowned Thai techno DJ Nakadia took a hiatus from the rave scene to tell her story in Positive Energy – Becoming Nakadia We’ve danced to her percussion groves and...

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    Globally renowned Thai techno DJ Nakadia took a hiatus from the rave scene to tell her story in Positive Energy – Becoming Nakadia

    We’ve danced to her percussion groves and powerful beats, and now it’s time to get to know Nakadia a little better. The Isaan girl, a phenomenon on the global DJ circuit, recently completedher autobiography titled Positive Energy – Becoming Nakadiawhich describes her inspiring journey from the rice paddies in Nakhon Ratchasima to DJ booths at major electronic music festivals around the world. It’s the fascinating story of a self-made artist who has worked hard to overcome obstacles and prejudices and make her dreams come true, always with a smile on her face.

    “It’s the story of my life, and I hope it will inspire people to stay optimistic in these difficult times,” says the 40-year-old DJ.

    “The book vividly describes Nakadia’s ups and downs, her triumphs and her disasters,” explains Sebastian Lehmann, Nakadia’s manager and co-author. ‘It captures the moment she discovered techno and knew she was born to be a techno DJ, the hours spent relentlessly practising and crafting her sound, and the constant barrage of musical, political, social and sexual prejudice that at times made it seem like her career was over. But Nakadia never gave up, following her dream without taking any shortcuts. Positive Energy – Becoming Nakadia is a truly inspiring and highly personal book, a tale about embracing opportunities without fear, and a belief in the power of positive energy.”

    Nakadia, real name Seephrai Mungphanklang, grew up in rural part of Khon Buri district in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. As a teenager, she quit school and worked for minimum wage at a series of factories in pursuit of a better life. Later, she landed a job at an Internet café, where she taught herself basic English and got to know Sebastian online. The two quickly becamefriends and in 2002, he invited Nakadia to visit Germany. There she heard techno music for the first time and it was love at first beat.

    Nakadia devoted herself right away to practising her mixing and finding the perfect sound. In 2003, she moved to Koh Samui, where her performances quickly catapulted her onto the global stage. Her life became a roller coaster of constant struggles, massive failures and incredible success. Nakadia pioneered the rise of the underground in Thailand, conquering the rest of the world at the same time. She is now based in Berlin, which she has called home since 2011.

    By the time COVID-19 hit, she could look back on an impressive 1,600 performances across 76 countries, including gigs at Tomorrowland, Love Parade, Loveland, Parookaville, Nature One, Family Piknik, Watergate Berlin, D Edge Sao Paulo, The Egg London, Marktkantine Amsterdam, and Rainbow Serpent Australia, plus countless other top venues, festivals, and events. Nakadia released on labels like Filth on Acid, Get Physical, Codex, and Set About, and Carl Cox signed her for his Intec imprint.

    Positive Energy – Becoming Nakadia is slated for release on 31March, but a limited pre-release edition is now available at www.nakadia.com.

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    28 February 2021
    Food, Travel and Lifestyle
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