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Essentials of information security for journalists and others: A two-part training course in IT security
A two-part training course brought to you by the FCCT, Part 1 topics will be covered, Part 2 depends on interest. You will learn such things as:
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Contemporary World Film Series - 'Thy Womb' (Sinapupunan), Philippines, 1 hr 40 mins Directed by Brillante Ma Mendoza: Screening Courtesy: Centre Stage Productions Supported by the Embassy of the Philippines, who will serve Philippine ​snacks, 'Chef Tony's' gourmet popcorn, and San Miguel ​beer​ ​.

This is a moving and memorable film by the Philippines' best known contemporary film maker​ ​Brillante Ma Mendoza, whose movies have won awards at the world's top festivals such as at this year's Cannes Festival​, where it won the Best Actress Award.
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Thailand's Economic Challenge: An Evening with Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor, Bank of Thailand
The government claims Thailand's economy is on the uptick with two consecutive months of increased exports. But a closer look at the numbers reveals a different story. Consumption is slowing amid tighter money flow, while foreign investments are yet to pick up. Billions of baht have been lost due to the ongoing drought. There are concerns over a possible real estate slowdown on the back of oversupply. There is a mismatch between the picture painted by the government, and realities on the ground. 
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Launch of Migration Governance Index: Asia Launch of Economic Intelligence Unit Migration Governance Index
We live in an era of unprecedented human mobility, in which over 244m international migrants are searching for economic opportunity, peace and security.
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Contemporary World Film Series - Three Outstanding Films in June Lincoln ( USA, 2 hrs 30 mins) Directed by Steven Spielberg: Screening Courtesy of the Embassy of the United States of America, which will provide American snacks and wine.

In the crucial year of the American Elections, we screen the multi-award winning film Lincoln, by one of America's greatest film makers, Steven Spielberg, about one of America's greatest Presidents, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln's untiring efforts to end slavery and ensure freedom for all, cost him his life, and the film shows it all, in slow but sure measured strokes.
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Sex as Entertainment - Gender Objectification in Thailand: A panel discussion
Attitudes towards women in Thailand, and the role of women in Thai society, are complex and often contradictory. While Thai society is conservative at heart, and women play a prominent role in the traditional and modern economy, they also remain sexualized and objectified as entertainment in an exceedingly materialistic society. Across the popular media stereotypes are rife, and perpetuate the objectification of women, often in its worst and most insidious and violent forms.
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Quiz Night!: Come join us for a "Battle of the Bureaus," FCCT's quiz night. Test your mettle against he best of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand. Great prizes of including bottles of wine

6:45 pm - Register your team
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Contemporary World Film Series Exclusive Screening of 2 Oscar-Winning Docu-Shorts : 'Saving Face' (40 mins), Oscar-winner, 2012 Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Pakistan) Screening Courtesy: SOC Films 'Girl in the River-The Price of Forgiveness' (40 mins), Oscar-winner, 2015 Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Pakistan) & Daniel Junge Screening Courtesy: SOC Films
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Contemporary World Film Series 
'The Wonders' ('Le Meraviglie'; Switzerland, 1 hr 50 mins) Directed by Alice Rohrwacher: Film Screening Courtesy - Embassy of Switzerland, which will provide Swiss Wine, Cheese & a variety of Snacks

This is an unusual story of a family in an unusual profession- bee keeping. The story revolves around the young Gelsomina and her three younger sisters who work hard at this business, driven relentlessly by their tough father Wolfgang. Gelsomina does everything, from minding the bees, and collecting honey, to managing the home and taking care of her three younger sisters.
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Thai Buddhism : Seized by Politics? : A Panel Discussion
Thai Buddhism and the monastic community or sangha have been increasingly polarized and politicized in the last two decades. With monks participating in demonstrations on different sides of the political spectrum, the image of Buddhism as a harmonious unifying factor of Thai society has been seriously eroded. 

The controversy over the Supreme Patriarch's succession, and renewed criticisms against Wat Dhammakaya, the "Buddhist-capitalist" temple on the northern outskirts of Bangkok, have added to the issue, with some saying the moral authority of the sangha is being eroded. 


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In the Gallery this month: Photographs by Jack Kurtz



Jack Kurtz is a Bangkok based photo-journalist:

"When I was growing up in Bangkok in the 1960s, I thought all Thais and most of the people of Southeast Asia were Buddhist. When I came back as an adult I saw there was a diversity and vibrancy to spiritual life here many foreigners never see.

I came to Southeast Asia to work on stories related to human migration and climate change. But increasingly I find I'm working on stories and events related to religion and explorations of spirituality.

I made these photos so people beyond Asia could see the remarkable spiritual diversity that's easily taken for granted here. From Muslim rituals in Myanmar to Catholics in Thailand to Buddhists everywhere, the unseen is all around us in Southeast Asia. In small ways - like offerings left on sidewalks - to big ways, like mass merit-making ceremonies in central Bangkok.

These are a few of my photos that explore spiritual life in Asia."

Jack Kurtz was a U.S.-based photojournalist for nearly three decades, working for newspapers in Florida, New York, Texas, and Arizona. In 2012, he finished his newspaper career as Picture Editor and Photojournalist at the Arizona Republic and relocated to Thailand where he spent six years of his childhood in the late 60s. He currently resides in Bangkok with Cathy, his wife of 35 years

Jazz at the FCCT, between 8.00 pm and 10.00pm


06 May: Public Holiday

13 May: No Jazz

20 May: No Jazz

27 May: The Bylines

Canadian Film 'The Sweet Hereafter' moves large audience

The screening of the much-awarded Canadian film 'The Sweet Hereafter' by globally renowned director Atom Egoyan, drew a large audience, who were very moved by the story of loss and pain. Canadian Ambassador HE Phil Calvert spoke of the multi talents in the Canadian film industry.

The Canadian Embassy served their Sandbanks and Jackson Triggs wines, which were highly appreciated.


From the left, Canadian Ambassador HE Phil Calvert, Jonathan Head, Mrs Chantal Meagher Calvert, Lekha Shankar

Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand - Your Perfect Venue


For press conferences, book and motion picture launches, corporate meetings and more. The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand's penthouse Clubhouse is the perfect venue. We are:
  • Centrally located in the Maneeya Center, in the heart of Ratchaprasong, home to the greatest concentration of news bureaus and media organizations in Thailand.
  • Adjacent to and easily accessible directly from the Chidlom BTS Skytrain station.
We offer our customers a wide range of services, custom tailored to your specific needs. We have: Complete audio-visual capability with three video cameras and fixed and wireless microphones for live presentations.
  • Multi-disk record and playback equipment for standard-definition and Blu-Ray high-definition DVD, audio and video CD and most other popular formats.
  • LCD projector with direct and oblique screens for motion picture and computer presentations.
  • Complete kitchen providing a myriad of delicious food-service options, from coffee-break sweets to quick meals to sit-down or buffet lunches and dinners featuring eastern, western and vegetarian cuisine.
  • Full bar offering a wide range of soft drinks, beers on tap and in bottle, wine, and a selection of spirits and popular cocktails.
  • Smoker's balcony with picnic seating, greenery and a fine view of central Bangkok.
Rates are among the most reasonable in town, starting at only Baht 5,000 for a half-day's use of the Clubhouse, including our audio-visual equipment and a skilled operator. Catering services are priced to your specific requirement.

And for that special private party, the fully staffed Clubhouse can be exclusively yours on almost any Saturday or Sunday for little more than a weekday event.

For bookings or for more information, please contact the FCCT at 02 652-0580 or by e-mail to info@fccthai.com.


The King of Thailand in World Focus

Now available in soft cover! Only Baht 270 for FCCT members

The FCCT's sell-out publishing success, The King of Thailand in World Focus, a 280-page collection of articles and images from the international press on the life and reign of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, is now available in a new, popularly priced soft-cover edition. In addition to making for fascinating reading, the book is the only comprehensive reference work on the current reign as reported over the years by correspondents, journalists and photographers in magazines and newspapers around the world

This large-format, full-color book is identical to the hard-bound third edition which sold out late last year, but with a stiff, varnished art-card cover, and priced to be easy on the wallet. It's available through the FCCT office and at Asia Books around town for the cover price of only Baht 300. FCCT members can get a copy through the FCCT office only for just Baht 270, on presentation of your current membership card.

Don't miss out. Get your copy of this unique publication today!

Attending FCCT Programs

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Join FCCT and receive e-mails whenever new programs are added. Because news changes fast, FCCT sometimes schedules timely programs on short notice.

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For Correspondents Only?

The FCCT is not just for correspondents-in fact, most of our members are not news people.

A past FCCT president even came up with the slogan, "You don't have to be foreign and you don't have to be a correspondent". We are a very diverse club and welcome all.

For more information, call 02-652-0580-1 or click here to e-mail info@fccthai.com



The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center
518/5 Ploenchit Road
(connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330

E-mail: info@fccthai.com
Phone: 02-652-0580-1

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