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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thailand and the Philippines


The following letter was sent by Dr.Joel L. Cuello, Ph.D, our newly elected President of Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering(PAASE) to all its members. I am now a retired member, but I am still in the mailing list for active members. I enjoyed his photographs showing the majesty and grandeur of the design and arts of the Thai Palaces taken during his recent trip to Thailand. I asked his permission to repost, some of his photos and he agreed. I am posting only six (out of 36) of his beautiful photographs. Here's Dr. Cuello's letter.

"My recent trip to Thailand once again reminded me of the breathtaking cultural diversity of the Philippines's Asian neighbors.
What most amazed me was thinking that both Bangkok and Manila lie almost exactly on the same latitude -- and thus share very similar topography, hot sun, humid air and tropical flora -- and yet their cultural achievements and legacies are so patently different.
The Philippines, of course, was under Spanish rule for over 300 years, while Thailand was spared to become the only Southeast Asian state to avoid European colonial rule because the French and the British agreed to maintain it as a neutral territory to avoid conflicts between their colonies.

Thus, visiting Thailand afforded observing a close geographical sibling of the Philippines that challenged me to dare imagine what the Philippines would have been like had history not conspired to relegate it under European colonization.
It is difficult, and perhaps excruciating, to go down that path. The fact, however, is that through colonization the Philippines has lost a lot, but it has also gained a lot. And in this age of globalization, what the Philippines has gained has in no small measure arguably given it some decidedly competitive advantage.

Going forward, the Philippines simply plays the historical hand it was dealt.

The attached photos show the majesty and grandeur of the arts and designs of the Thai Royal Palaces -- which are proudly realized as quintessentially Southeast Asian in both their innate character and lofty aspirations.

Have an enjoyable weekend ".

Joel L. Cuello, Ph.D.
Professor of Biosystems Engineering
Director, Global Institute for Strategic Agriculture in Drylands (GISAD)
Department of Agricultural and
Biosystems Engineering
507 Shantz Building
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
U.S.A.

Thanks a million, Joel for sharing your photos and letter about Thailand and the Philippines.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

...The Philippines, of course, was under Spanish rule for over 300 years, while Thailand was spared to become the only Southeast Asian state to avoid European colonial rule because the French and the British agreed to maintain it as a neutral territory to avoid conflicts between their colonies... >>> I beg to differ.

Thai is good in something:Diplomacy. Some Westerners analysts even said that it's in thai DNA.

It's not "...because the French and the British agreed to maintain it as a neutral territory to avoid conflicts between their colonies..."

Actually Thailand did fight a lot against the Brits and the French. Both countries tried to sabotage Thailand many times. They tried to colonize Thailand in every way. Great Britain and France once proclaimed that Thailand would be split in half. There were also wars between Thailand and France. Thailand was so desperate that they had to lobby a survived French princess (Princess Marie of Orléans) who was having political influence in the French government.

Furthermore, Thailand discovered how to really balance the power between superpowers. It's not between Great Britain and France (like Myanmar did, which was a mistake), but between Britain-France and Denmark-Russia. It was Denmark and Russia who secretly told Thailand what Great Britain and France would do. In the end, Great Britain and France had to halt the plan to colonize Thailand, and it is this period that many people say that Thailand was a buffer state. There were news at that time that criticized the French government a lot about how they allowed this Thai savage people to lobby a politician in French government.

Thailand really played it right. There was an attempt of colonization again in 1940 by the French. And this time, the French decided to declare war on Thailand, which unfortunately for the French, Paris was invaded by Nazi-Germany on the same period. Japan also helped Thailand in this war, and that's why it's not difficult for Thailand to join Axis powers when Japan asked Thailand to join their side.

All of these has prove in history. You can search for the evidence by yourselves.

If you can read thai or some French, read for yourself, or if you can not read anything, at least you can see the pictures and figure it for yourselves for the link below.

https://pantip.com/topic/35662307

Problem is that neighbors hardly accept that because it would makes Thai better than them in diplomacy. Simple crab mentailty. As a consequence they would say that those Europeans would not want to argue with each other and use TH as a buffer state, which make no sense-Buffer states which area larger than their colonies and full of resources. If those Europeans would create a buffer state, they could use only the narrow areas between 2 sides of Chao Praya River as they planned in the beginning.

Anyway that's always the way they do. When I say "they" I mean the neighbors. For the West, no surprise. They wouldn't accept that they cannot take a small savege country no matter what.

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