Last week (at the time of writing this, of course–November 2010), I was in Phuket for a conference. Phuket came to international prominence because of the exploitation of the tin used there on an industrial scale (primitive mining had been taking place for centuries beforehand) and then exported around the world. To work the mines, numerous Chinese workers were imported and their presence has radically transformed the sociology of the island.
Read the full review here.
Songbird of Phuket
There were rather more birds in Phuket than there were in Hanoi, including the caged songbirds (such as the one above). If I can find the proper name of this bird I will, of course, let you know.
In other news, the conference I attended was completed successfully and the various papers I posted last week were delivered as required. Looking forward to getting back to some productive new work – also, Happy Loy Krathong Day for those who celebrate it.
News comes through that I can exclusively report here:
Myat Su Yin and John Walsh, “Analyzing the Factors Contributing to the Establishment of Thailand as a Hub for Regional Operating Headquarters,” paper to be presented at the 3rd Annual PSU Phuket Research Conference (Phuket: November 17th-19th, 2010).
Walsh, John, “Does the Tourism Industry Create Decent Work?” paper to be presented at the 3rd Annual PSU Phuket Research Conference (Phuket: November 17th-19th, 2010).
I will post the abstracts as and when the papers are actually given (I am trying to avoid replicating posts).