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The Millimetre Story

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The Gate: Luk-kreung

 

Luk-kreung, literally meaning “half-child”, is a colloquial Thai term referring to a child who has a Thai parent and a parent of foreign origin. The usage of this term increased dramatically after World War II, with the increasing number of Western visitors to Thailand. Many luk-kreung are children of American men who moved to the country in the 1960s when there were several large military bases because of the Vietnam War. While some luk-kreung were a product of lasting relationships with Thai women, others were the product of temporary relationships with “rented wives” or prostitutes. 

 

Many luk-kreung children have struggled in the eyes of communities due to their lack of “racial purity”. In recent generations however, due to a universal obsession with Caucasion, eurocentric features such as fair skin, the ability to speak English, and larger, paler eyes, luk-kreung have been deemed more acceptable and attractive in Thai culture. 

 

Works Cited:

 

Mydans, Seth. “Bangkok Journal; Thais With a Different Look, Flaunt Your Genes!” The New York Times, The New York Times, 29 Aug. 2002, www.nytimes.com/2002/08/29/world/bangkok-journal-thais-with-a-different-look-flaunt-your-genes.html.

 

“Restaurant: Luk Kreung 混血兒泰義餐廳.” Taipei Times, 20 July 2006, www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2006/07/21/2003319801.



The Waiting Area: Differences between cruelty, prudence, and mercy

 

Jurisprudence is the philosophy and science of law. Deriving from the latin word “juris,” meaning “of right,” the word's etymology encapsulates what the law has always tried, and often fails to be; good and right. The law says it exists to regulate our conduct, to provide remedies, settle disputes, and maintain order. The law paints itself as merciful. It creates depictions like Lady Justice, a statue masquerading as a symbol of impartiality. The law tells us that under and before it, we are all equal. It asserts that it will presume our innocence even when no one else would. It promises us justice. But it often delivers cruelty. 

 

So when did law slowly mutate into a system of judgement and punishment? When did justice stop being about doing good and start being about how much pain and anguish can be exerted upon us by a state that profits from our misconduct? Perhaps the cruelty of law and justice guides us towards prudence, threatens us to be watchful, wary, and cautious lest we suffer the consequences. Ancient Greeks and Christian philosophers consider prudence to be the cause, measure, and form of all virtues. What is contemporary justice but the intersection of cruelty, prudence, and mercy? And what is law but the hand that forces us to choose between kindness, discipline, and callous indifference?

“Domestic terminal gets a new look at Vancouver international.” Times colonist,  https://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/domestic-terminal-gets-a-new-look-at-vancouver-international-airport-1.1730356