Connect to share and comment

Chinese New Year

I grew up in Bangkok, but after being away from Thailand for eight years, I feel like a tourist sometimes. Governments have come and gone several times over. Buildings that once stood like rickety skeletons after the 1997 financial crisis are now filled with bustling office workers. The constitution I knew has been replaced. The country's political map is color-coded red or yellow for whether you're pro- or anti-government depending on who's in power. Green fields on the edge of town have been replaced with condos with names like "Ideo Verve" or "Tree."

Teenagers wear fake braces and big-eye contacts to be cool. They used to, like me, just have multi-colored hair and multiple ear piercings.

Here I recognize the old and am captivated by the new. I recognize change. It is with this lens that I cover Thailand. Thailand to me, is more interesting than ever. Now six months in, I am still getting re-acquainted.

As a multimedia journalist, many of stories I cover are visual. Sometimes I get a little carried away with the visual aspect. Chinese New Year is one example. Inspired by the colors and performances in Chinatown this year, I grabbed my video camera and shot the festival over two days without a plan. The piece is not journalistic — it has no news, it doesn't have interviews, and I've sped up some parts for artistic effect. 

It is simply my way of explaining Chinese New Year-- with few words and lots of visuals.