Ken Lohatepanont

Hello, and welcome to my blog!

My name is Mathis (Ken) Lohatepanont. I’m a writer and student from Bangkok, Thailandand currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley. I’m enthusiastic about history, politics and economics. I’ve been blogging for around eight years!

I first became involved in politics through participating in the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protests in Thailand, which called for a reform of Thai democracy. It led me to ask questions about the foundations of politics: what is power, and from where is it derived? To what ends should it be wielded? What is the nature of democracy, and what are its limitations?

18671781_10206884279145843_5636173266415903966_oThis led me to begin writing about the Thai political conflict extensively. Later, I was given the opportunity to work with the Thai Constitution Drafting Committee in early 2015 as part of its public relations team, although the committee has since been disbanded. I now continue to cover the situation in Thailand, and I advocate for reforms to be completed that will aid the development of the nation.

Since then, I have also been focusing on global politics, and have written about current events in a variety of countries. I was awarded the  ‘International Student Award’ from the Council of International Schools for promoting internationalism.

I believe that writing truly is a powerful medium of communication, and that it can be a force for good that can facilitate positive change, whether in Thailand or worldwide. By continuing to write, I hope that I am playing a role in helping to create this change. I thank everyone for continuing to support my writing over the years, and I truly hope that I will continue to receive your feedback and critique long into the future.

My Work

Please see the following links for a full compilation of my political writing:

I have additionally been published in the following media outlets:

The Big Chilli magazine: ‘What Trump’s Triumph Means’, December 2016

BBC World Have Your Say Radio programme: ‘Bangkok Bomb 1 Day On’, August 2015 (interview)

Amnesty International Young Journalist of the Year Thailand: ‘Freedom of Expression- Dream (Un)Realised‘, June 2013

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I’ve also been fortunate enough to have been recognised by some organisations:

Bangkok Post: ‘Student activities can be a key factor in admission at top universities’, June 2017

Council of International Schools: International Student Award 2016, January 2016

International Baccalaureate: ‘Every student is heard’, November 2015

Contact Me

If you’d like to contact me, please don’t hesitate to comment directly on one of my posts. Alternately, you can also tweet to me @KenLWrites. I can also be reached via email at ken.lohatepanont@gmail.com.

Resumé

For more about me, please view my resumé: Mathis (Ken) Lohatepanont- Resumé

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18 thoughts on “Ken Lohatepanont

  1. Since Im just reading this now, I’d like to let you know while opinionate is not a word, “opine” is. With the precise meaning you desired 🙂

  2. Your political pieces are beautifully written and a model of clarity. I am amazed at how young you are. I shall read your literary work next. Bless you Ken for your fairmindedness. Best wishes.

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