Event Types
Feb 27, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Mar 03, 2018
9:00 AM – 8:30 PM

The talk on Thai-American relations within the framework of the Great and Good Friends exhibition that will soon be opening in Bangkok.


United States Consul General Jennifer A. Harhigh
Mar 06, 2018
Mar 17, 2018 11:30 AM –
Mar 18, 2018 1:00 PM

Hmong Threads of Life
Traditional Hmong Textiles of the Golden Triangle
A Presentation by Victoria Vorreiter

Over the millennia, the Hmong have developed an astonishingly rich culture as they migrated from their source in the far reaches of northern China along mountaintops that flank the great rivers of Southeast Asia, finally finding sanctuary in the foothills of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar, and further in the four corners of the world. A traditional, self-reliant people living close to the earth—keenly attuned to the rotations of the sun and moon, the cycles of seasons, and the wheel of life—the Hmong have created a complex, all-encompassing belief system rooted in animism. Frequent rites, ceremonies, and festivals are performed throughout the year to maintain harmony between the world of man and the realm of spirits. The Hmong of the Golden Triangle are composed of numerous groups and subgroups that display diverse customs and speak a range of regional dialects. Despite such diversity of practices and vernacular, the Hmong find commonality in shared tenets that permeate their way of life, worldview, oral tradition, and craftsmanship.

Of all the characteristics that distinguish the Hmong subculture divisions, none is more striking than the variations found in their clothing. While it is true that “a common thread” runs through untold generations and
throughout the vast Hmong diaspora, these threads are woven, dyed, tailored, embroidered, and embellished in spectacularly distinctive ways—ways that identify the group while displaying the unique artistry of the Hmong seamstresses who meticulously fashion every piece for each family member through the cycles of their lives. Victoria Vorreiter, an American researcher, photographer, and filmmaker, highlights the traditional garments and fabrication practices of the Hmong of Laos and Thailand through Hmong Threads of Life, a dynamic presentation enhanced by a wealth of vivid photographs and textiles of the Hmong who create and wear them. 

Victoria has spent over a decade documenting the traditional music, ceremonies, and culture of the highland peoples of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and China. This has resulted in an extensive body of work, beginning with the Songs of Memory: Traditional Music of the Golden Triangle book, compact disc, and multi-media exhibit showcasing the six major ethnic groups in the region: Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Mien, Hmong, and Karen. These collections have appeared at the East-West Center, Hawaii; the Jim Thompson Center, Bangkok; the University of Mandalay, Myanmar; the Golden Triangle Gallery, Chicago; and the Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Center. Of late Victoria has delved specifically into Hmong traditions, creating an archives that consists of an in-depth book and film, Hmong Songs of Memory: Traditional Secular and Sacred Hmong Music, and a manylayered exhibition, Hmong Songs of Memory, Hmong Threads of Life, launched in Chiang Mai in 2016, which includes a variety of integrative components—photographs, a film, a comprehensive collection of musical instruments, artifacts, and full textiles of the four major Hmong subgroups in Laos and Thailand.
Victoria Vorreiter

Victoria Vorreiter
Mar 20, 2018 7:00 PM

Colin is a communications consultant specialising in cross-cultural communication. He teaches at Chulalongkorn University and recently trained managers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok to communicate more effectively with their colleagues from other ASEAN countries. He is currently writing a book intended to help people from Southeast Asia, Europe and USA communicate with each other. This should be published by Asia Books next year.

His talk is intended to help Rotary members, who speak imperfect Thai, communicate more effectively with Thai people who speak limited English.

Colin Jarvis
Apr 03, 2018

We'll look briefly at "What is the problem?" followed by a few ideas on "How can we respond?"   broief bio is below

Christa Foster Crawford, J.D.

International Consultant

Founder, Freedom Resource International

Christa is founder of Freedom Resource International, a strategic partnership empowering the anti-trafficking movement for greater effectiveness through training and capacity building, resource development and sharing, expert advice, and strategic-level impact. She teaches courses on trafficking and exploitation at the university and graduate level. Christa has also authored and edited numerous books, articles, and curricula to equip practitioners. Her training courses include the Certificate Course on Excellence in Anti-Trafficking Response. She has worked at both the grassroots and policy levels, including with the United Nations, and pioneered a social enterprise to provide sustainable options to vulnerable people. Christa is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Claremont McKenna College. With her family, she has lived in Chiang Mai since 2001.

Christa Crawford
May 01, 2018 7:00 PM
Club Assembly - no speaker
May 15, 2018 7:00 PM
May 15, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
May 22, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
John Schorr President Elect
Jun 05, 2018

Don Linder wrote the screenplay for The Last Executioner, the story of Chavoret Jaruboon, Thailand's last executioner by rifle - a moving and deepful insight into this man and his life. Don will speak on screenwriting and how he got into it and about The Last Executioner and his experiences working with K. Chavoret.

Don Linder
Jun 19, 2018 7:00 PM
The Lunch starts at 11:45 at Pang Suan Kaow Lotus Hotel. 
SAN PHAK WAN Restaurant
Jun 29, 2018
PDG Jason Lim, Rotary District 3350
Jul 03, 2018 7:00 PM
Jul 10, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Lunch starts at 11:45 at Pang Suan Kaow Lotus Hotel. 
SAN PHAK WAN Restaurant
Jul 27, 2018
Stasha Malcolm
Aug 07, 2018 7:00 PM
Aug 14, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM