I was a stay-at-home girl. I did not going out much. I knew about the outside world from books and the internet. I only had few challenges; having a good grade and a boyfriend. Out of boredom, I started drawing, graphic designing, making short films and a website by myself. I learned from tutorials on the internet and from the people in the forum of f0nt.com
While I was choosing a path to further my study in a university; from linguistic or computer or filmmaking, I found out from the forum of f0nt.com that there was an institution that offered a course on Visual Communication Design. I learned that graphic designing and drawing could be a career. So, I did my bachelor degree at SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY (Bangkok,Thailand) in Visual Communication Design, where I got a second honor degree. While studying, I did many extra curriculum activities such as competing in a contest. I won some awards. Plus, I almost quit my study, which I am going to elaborate it in the next paragraph.
When I was a sophomore, I entered the world of social development. I started from drawing an illustration from Idea Grow, a media production company that works on social issues. I met tons of enthusiastic people who were eager to make the society better there. I learned that design could do more than I had thought.
I worked in Human Resource. It began with producing training media for the staff at Betagro Thailand Co.Ltd. (I got the job from Young Filmmakers of Thailand Partnership). Moreover, I did a field research with Young Film to many provinces. I talked to people who were in need of help and those who wanted to help. It was an eye-opening experience. I almost quit my study to pursue a career path as a social activist but my family asked me to finish the degree. After my graduation, I have been a social activist since then.
I am working as a communication strategist and media producer at Young Filmmakers of Thailand Partnership. I focus on youth development, civic education, tolerance of diversity and gender. During 2015-2017, I have been working on a board game project called ‘ Coconut Empire’ as a game designer.
If you want to know more about me, you can read about my works as follows 😊
2015 Allthai School Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand
I did it when I was in a sophomore year. At that time, me and my friends were gloomy. We were disappointed with the politics and the education system and started to complain about them. Then, I realized that if we could not be ourselves even in the university’s campus and doing extra curriculum activities would not help as our ideas had been blocked by the seniority system, why don’t we create our own exhibition ourselves? Then, we organized an exhibition under the theme ‘Criticism of Thai Education’.
There were 16 people who worked on this project. They were around 18-24 years old. We used Santi Pracha Dhamma Library on Charoen Krung Road as the exhibition space. The exhibitors were composed of an artist, a social activist, an owner of overseas study agency, a teacher and those who did not identify themselves with any professions. Their backgrounds were diverse. We recreated the space and turned the library into a school, where there were various classes, a class timetable and works of arts were shown along the way.
When walking in the exhibition, the attendees stands in the line and listen to a speech by the principal. The attendee will be divided into small groups and join the classes, which are a role-play activities from the artists such as an interactive class of how to destroy creativity, listen to a lecture about how to fail in life, take part in a group activity about exchanging social classes and privileges, play a political chess game, take an art class to question on having dreams. The attendee can take an exam and vote for a prefect. (Sorry for having only one choice though) You can learn more about it from here Link
2015 Yeducation Trip : Mueng Kued, at Young Filmmakers of Thailand Partnership.
At the time I began working at Young Film, I administrated and did a lesson-learned process for Yeducation Trip Project. It was financially supported by Quality Learning Foundation. The foundation granted the funding to 3 groups of university students. Each group consisted of 3 people. They went to the countryside of Thailand for a field research on a unique educational system of a small schools in a distant rural area. Then, they came back and produced online media about the experience. See their work here .
The idea came from the thought that people who studied media production in Thailand only focused on aesthetic such as cinematography and drawing techniques. Sometimes their arts lacked human story. Their works were flat. If media makers saw human deeply as who they are, their works would make a change to the society.
The very first Yeducation Trip was at a school on a mountain for the hilltribe people. They were undocumented minorities. It was extremely difficult for the children to get to the school. The students faced many economic obstacles. The principal solved the problem of not having enough money to go to school by turning the study into an income. At the school, the students learned about tourism, Thai traditional massage, rafting, cooking and tour guiding. There would be a group of foreign tourists coming to the school on every Friday. The children were able to practice their English in a real workplace situation.
When we published the video, it got more than 5,000 shares. People talked about it. The work sparked hope to our team and the society. The best thing we got from the project was when we did an interview with a group of university student who went on the trip and made the media. They understood more about diversity. They saw the potential of the minority people. They knew that we need a good social structure to support these people. In the past, the media had been portraying the image of hilltribe people as a pitiful individual who needed help from time to time. This group of university student wanted to produce media that talk about the social structure of power, the importance of welfare and the understanding of civil rights instead.
The project has been running for a couple of year and it is on its way to the third year.
2015 Founder of Coconut Empire Board Game
After a long journey in media making, I felt that raising awareness should be a fundamental ground of media, not the goal. I wanted to create a medium that gives experience to the audience not only attention.
The eureka moment came from my urge to make a board game that truly reflects a third world country. I have played a board game from the west and I was not much into it. Then, an idea to make a game that shows structural problems in the Thai society.
I have experienced some games that talks about dictatorship and social gap including Tropico, Paper Please and 3rd World Farmer. I learned that those games need fairness to keep the player engaged until the end. (If the game is not fair, the player will hate it and stop playing it as they do not enjoy.) However, in Thailand, people seemed to enjoy unfairness. As a game designer, I had to develop it on ‘how to make biased rules that people accept’. I found that the game was aesthetically a good fit since it was an experience we have faced each day.
The logic of this Thai game is to “manage relationship and trust”. It is a core of the social and the political structure. When I played it with artists and activists from Southeast Asia (They were composed of Thai, Cambodian, Indonesian plus one Japanese person), everybody enjoyed it and naturally knew how to play, while the Japanese only gave me a blank stare as they did not know how to play the political game like the Southeast Asian.
The print and play version has been downloaded for over 200 times. I aim to put it in Kickstarter this year.
See this link to learn more : Video (thai language)
2016 Founder of http://thaiconsent.org
There are 3 turning points that inspired me to take action on it.
1. It began with an exchange of first time sexual experience with friends. I found out that even though they knew about sex fairly well such as they must use a condom, some of them did not use it. It was because there were many unexpected factors in the real life situation.
2. When I was an exchange student in France. I learned from the host sister that there were a comic book that tells a story of female sexuality. It was a whole new world to me to see that sex could be communicated in different ways, not just a pornographic comic book. I understood that sex was not limited to those who has a dirty mind, it was part of the lifestyle.
3. My friends was sexually harassed. It made me want to do something. When talking to my friend, I saw that people normally used common sense to deal with the problem. It made my friend feel guilty to let the offender come in the room. I thought it was wrong. There must be someone who stand up for it and it was supposed to be me.
When I took my friend to the police, I found that the process was not as difficult as I had thought. After that, I heard the similar stories from people around me. I thought that the people out there, many of them may have experienced the same. (I heard such stories from 7 people, they were my friends from schools and university, not to mention about the acquittances. The number was too much for a 22-year-old woman at that time like me.) The more I talked to them, the more I knew that the thing that blocked the victim from getting help was the attitude of friends and their relatives.
If we make the people understand the fairness of sexual relationship and pass it on to the society, it will help reduce hardship for those who need help. That was why I opened up thaiconsent.org to promote sexual consent in 2015. However, the website was too academic and it was full of anger as I was emotionally attached to the story of my friends. It was not successful. But since then, my friends, who had been harassed sexually, always came to me and asked if I would continue it. In 2017, I had a stable job and some free time. I saw the infographics that I had made, so I put them on Facebook, with some few changes. The infographics were widely shared. I received good feedbacks from the audience. So, I came back to work on this project again and now it is a success.
The stance of the Facebook page in 2017 is to empower those who are in trouble to seek help. There are numerous NGOs in Thailand, who do a marvelous work on helping the victim. But for a teenager who has faced a trouble, it is an extremely sensitive thing for them to ask for help. Plus, I do not want the page to be too much of social advocacy. I want the content to be something related to people’s lifestyle. That is why I shared a sexual experience from other people anonymously and the page would do illustrations for each story. Since then, there have been over 200 stories coming in. It helps shape the website to thaicocnsent.org that you see today.
“When seeing stories from the others, people start to question about their own experience. They have sex but they may not think if those experiences have been good to them, they might come to realize when learning from different people. Those who always have a good sex will learn about what bad sexual experience is like. They will see that there are lots of people who feel insecure about it. Everybody has their own story. I hope that we can learn without judging each other.”
Experiences as a guest speaker
2017 – I represented Thai youth to speak about media situation and culture of Thai youth. (I co-spoke with Varis Likitanusorn) to the youth from the 10 countries in Southeast Asia in the 2nd ASEAN Youth Workshop on Media Literacy. The event was organized by Department of Children and Youth, Thailand.
2017 – I was a speaker at the seminar “Sex is Fair because We Care” : It’s time for the Thai society to understand Sexual Consent. The event was organized by Women’s Wellbeing and Gender Justice Program, Thai Health Promotion Foundation at Thammasat University. The topic was “Solutions, Strategies and Social Engagement”.
Now, you know me.!
If you share the same interests in media, games and social issues, come reach me at w.nanaaa @ gmail.com