Hello, and welcome to my blog!
My name is Mathis (Ken) Lohatepanont. I’m a writer and student from Bangkok, Thailand, and 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?
This 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.
Please see the following links for a full compilation of my political writing:
- Thai politics: articles covering Thai politics
- Global politics: articles covering a range of international issues
- The Story of Thai Democracy: a series on Thai democratic history
- Know Your Media: an eBook about the media and its relationship with the democracy, written with a focus on Thailand
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)
I’ve also been fortunate enough to have been recognised by some organisations:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more about me, please view my resumé: Mathis Lohatepanont (Ken) Resumé