March 18, 2000 |
There's good news for Thailand on two fronts: Emergency aid from the International Monetary Fund will end on schedule in June, confirming that economic recovery is truly underway. And the nation's population growth has dipped below 1% a year. The linkage between the unrelated news items is more than casual. For a generation, Thai governments have believed that economic well-being is impossible without restrained population growth.
June 9, 1989 |
The inflation of Malcolm Potts' six-story condom on a vacant lot next to the Montreal convention center this week may go down in the history of the AIDS epidemic as a small but telling symbol of the strange marriage of science and guerrilla theater. For one bright, shining moment, the banana-colored prophylactic bobbed gracefully against the crepuscular Quebec sky. Television cameramen spilled forth from the Fifth International Conference on AIDS to seize the first Nielsen-pleasing visual of a long, long day. "I'm going to take a picture of my own condom!"
August 1, 2004 |
After a three-year retirement from walking the seediest neighborhoods here, Thai Sen. Mechai Viravaidya is back, greeting passersby with a firm handshake and a packet of brilliantly colored condoms. "Take it, don't be shy," he says. "It can save your life."
March 22, 1992 |
The Thais make salads with raw garlic, cashew nuts, fried eggs, sardines . . . almost any ingredient they can think of. But a salad made with condoms? It's the signature dish of a Bangkok restaurant called Cabbages & Condoms, which partly exists to raise funds for AIDS prevention and family planning. But not to worry.
February 27, 2000 |
Poverty is a birthmark for the people of Thailand's northeastern provinces, where a bicycle suggests middle-class status and jobs outside the sugar cane fields are few. For most, Bangkok is the honey pot and migrating there is a rite of passage into adulthood. One of every six Thais works in the metropolitan Bangkok area, which is said to produce half the country's gross domestic product. Wages in the capital are 12 times higher than here in Chakkarat.
May 17, 1993 |
As an up-and-coming young Thai professional during the mid-1980s, K. Surapong regularly ended long workdays with a few drinks with his buddies and sex with prostitutes--sometimes protected, often not. Surapong, now with full-blown AIDS, has spent the last few years as one of the country's leading "guinea pigs," testing an array of drugs that temporarily arrest the symptoms of the virus.