After returning to Bangkok, KCKP was my main project and remained so for the next five years except for some short intervals. Pasuk was busier, so I did more of the first stage of translation myself. We reached the final … Continue reading
I believe this Cambodian movie was made in 2009. I know no other details. The Khmer claim the story is indigenous to them and there have been earlier movies on the tale in Khmer. At the bottom of the post … Continue reading
The court scene, where the king condemns Wanthong to execution is the climax of the story.
At several events for launching our translation, we did a 25-minute reading of a famous part of the tale—Khun Phaen’s abduction of Wanthong from Khun Chang’s house. In the questions session after one event, a Thai in the audience commented, … Continue reading
The translation took around seven years. Our interest in KCKP goes back further. When we were writing Thailand: Economy and Politics in 1993–94, we wanted a prologue that gave a bottom-up view of sakdina society, to balance the epilogue about … Continue reading