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MEETINGS 2013-2017

417th Meeting : “Riding the iron dog: Rong Wongsawan in San Francisco”.

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017.

A Talk by Tony Waters.

The Talk:

Rong Wongsawan was a major literary figure in Thailand from the 1960s until his death in 2009.His work was highly influential because of his observations on Thai society. Translation of his work has long been considered a very challenging task because of his use of Thai (and English) idiom, slang, double meanings, pathos and humor. An early part of his career was spent in California, where he was the roving correspondent for the Thai newspaper, Siam Rath. There will a discussion of the story behind Rong’s book Astride the Iron Dog in the Land of the Golden Sunshine. This is the first known translation of a work of ‘Rong into English. The Payap University English Department has given it a try and will present what they have done. The presentation will be divided into three sections. The work itself, the context of the time and then the Payap University English students will do a reading in English of selected stories.

The Speaker:    

Tony Waters is a regular faculty member in the Department of Peace Studies (PhD in
Peacebuilding), Payap University, Chiang Mai since 2016. He formerly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer at the Phrae Malaria Zone Office (1980-1982), and worked in Nan and Cholburi in camps for Indochinese refugees (1982-1983). He is also a Professor of Sociology at California State University, Chico, where he taught classes between 1996 and 2015. He and his students at Payap University are currently working on translations of Rong Wongsawan and Kukrit Pramoj.


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