Very Thai, Very Volatile

20 Years of Change in Popular Culture

Illustrated talk by Philip Cornwel-Smith,
author of Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture

at Bar Luna, below Casa Luna, Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Bali +62-361-971 605

29 September, 7.30pm-9pm, free entry

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 10.50.20 PM

Bangkok-based British writer Philip Cornwel-Smith will give an illustrated talk about the dramatic transformations in Thailand he has witnessed as author/editor of Bangkok Metro magazine, Time Out Bangkok guidebook, and the influential bestselling book Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture (www.verythai.com). Instead of the sensational oriental clichés, he views Thai ways through the lens of its hybrid pop, social tensions and quirky urban culture. There’ll be time at the end to discuss how Thailand’s transformation compares to Bali.

Recent upheavals in Thailand have brought world attention to new stories as ordinary people express themselves and as Bangkok went chic and became the most visited city on the planet. The tropical rural idyll has urbanized and globalised, and taboo things gone mainstream, from yaa dong tonic whisky to magical tattoos. Yet everyday life in Thailand continues to beguile with its wacky hybrids, sense of fun, and unexpected quirks.

A resident of 20-years, Philip Cornwel-Smith has had an insider vantage point to see these changes. His book Very Thai, now in an updated and expanded 2nd edition, has become to the go-to reference and style guide on Thai popular culture.

Very Thai is published by River Books. Copies will be on sale, which Philip can sign.

verythai.com has full details and streams social media by followers of the book using #verythai on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.

Philip can be contacted via verythai.com , phone +62-821-4444 2022

barluna-Banner_coffee

 

 

Posted in: Blog, Events, Uncategorized,

Tags: #events #Indonesia #international #talks #Thailand 

20 Years of ThaiThai

To mark two decades of living in Bangkok, Philip Cornwel-Smith gave a talk at the Pninsula Bangkok Hotel on 18 Feb 2014 to the American Women’s Club. He was guest speaker at the annual luncheon to install officers if the AWC. There was a strong turnout despite the road closures due to the ongoing Bangkok Shutdown protests that had caused the talk to be delayed from late 2013.

Philip spoke about bout the phases of Bangkok during the time he has covered the popular culture as founding editor of Bangkok Metro magazine, author/editor if Time Out Bangkok Guidebook and as author of Very Thai.

 

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Lonely Planet Thailand

VT in Lonely Planet BKK

Recommended Cultural Readings

Posted in: Reviews, Uncategorized,

Tags: #book #guidebooks #reviews #tourism 

Home

Acclaimed bestseller that explains the overlooked everyday charms of Thailand that perplex the curious.

Definitive, essential reference on Thai pop, trusted by residents, experts, media, students and visitors.

Iconic source book for designers, artists, authors and curators, both foreign and Thai.

Streetwise insights into the ad-hoc creativity behind the exotic image of Thainess.

This pioneering celebration of Thai pop and streetlife has been totally revised to reflect the dramatic changes in Thailand. With a contemporary eye and two decades’ experience, the author delves beyond the Thai clichés to reveal the casual, everyday expressions of Thainess that so delight and puzzle, from floral truck bolts and taxi altars to buffalo cart furniture and drinks in a bags. Widely praised as one of the best books about Thailand, Very Thai captures the quirky vigour of the Thai street.

70 Chapters • 320 pages • 591 Colour Photographs

Foreword by Alex Kerr • Afterword by Pracha Suveeranont

Posted in: slideshow, Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Interactive

Write a review
Attend an event
Suggest content ideas
Post a #verythai pic via Instagram
Send a #verythai Tweet

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar View mode

ic-list View events in interactive timeline 
 
ic-timeline Currently viewing events in list mode

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Twitter #verythai

Twitter #verythai

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Facebook #verythai

Facebook #verythai

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Instagram #verythai

Instagram #verythai

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar All Media Coverage

All Media Coverage

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Reader Reviews

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Write a review

Write your own review of Very Thai and see it published here under Reader Reviews.

Submit your review

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Specifications

  • Text by Philip Cornwel-Smith With photographs by John Goss & Philip Cornwel-Smith.
  • River Books, Bangkok & London, 2005 256 pages, 492 colour photographs, hardcover.
  • Distributed worldwide outside Thailand by Thames & Hudson, except in US by Antique Collectors Club

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Chapters

Sidebar Chapters

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Editions

Sidebar Editions

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Sidebar Free Downloads

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

sidebar official links

Official Very Thai Sites
#VeryThai
Creators of Very Thai


Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

result718

q

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Lonely Planet Italia

Bangkok: Informazioni

Finalmente le risposte a tutte le vostre domande riguardanti la Thailandia: perchè i taxi a bordo hanno piccoli santuari, perchè vengono annodati pezzi di tessuto intorno agli alberi.
saggistica.

www.lonelyplanetitalia.it/destinazioni/asia/thailandia/bangkok/informazioni/

Posted in: Reviews, Uncategorized,

Tags: #book #guidebooks #international #Italian #reviews #tourism 

Truly Thaiway

Posted by Carsten

Mon 21 Nov 2005

http://blog.carstensworld.com/truly-thaiway/2005/11/very-thai

Last week I bought a book at a local bookstore which explains most of the things foreigners find hard to understand here. According to the author, even most Thai people have no idea about some details of their cultural background. The book is well written and made me understand some of the things which are – Truly Thaiway…
The title is “Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture“, it is written by Philip Cornwel-Smith and John Goss.

 

Posted in: Uncategorized,

Tags:

Noodles Forever

By Mike, 17 Nov 2005

http://noodlesforever.blogspot.com/2005/11/book-review-very-thai-everyday-thai.html

Hardbound and tastefully organized with lotsa cool photos, this book’s got all the vital data on street-level Thailand. All questions regarding bagged coffee, Red Bull-swilling motorcycle taxi drivers, and other curious aspects of the Bangkok streetscape are answered within its pages. A must read for anyone who’s ever visited Thailand and thought twice about urban elephants and phallic key chains.

Basically, these dudes stole my thunder. This is freestyle anthro-journalism at its flaneuring best.

 

Posted in: Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized,

Tags: