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Ngiw Koo Chat (Chinese Opera Saving the Nation): A Radical Performance in Thailand
Art Studies and Architectural Journal (ASAJ), Volume 2, Aug 2017

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Among several activities in the 2006 Peoples Alliance for Democracy (PAD) rally against Thaksin Shinawatras premiership, ngiw lor kan mueang or a political ? satire in the style of Chinese opera attracted a wide range of audience, i.e. PADs partisans, media, and the public. A large number of the video compact discs (VCD) were released and sold out in a short time, as well as were freely copied by the permission of PAD. The performance was created by Thammasat Universitys alumni who called themselves ?khana ngiw koo chat? -- which literally meant ?the Chinese opera troupe for saving the nation?. Its main purpose was to convey the information about what Thaksin did corruptly and dishonestly by means of satirical content and humour. Even though audiences realised that the rendition of ngiw lor kan mueang was unique to Thammasat University, most of them did never know who the troupe was and even who the actors were as members of the troupe preferred to be ?anonymous warriors?. It is, therefore, interesting to examine why the troupe had to present its ngiw lor kan mueang performance on anti-Thanksin PADs stage and why the form of Chinese opera was chosen to entertain the audience and to reveal messages against ?Thaksinocracy?. The paper also aims to discover the features of performance and to what extent the form of Chinese opera was borrowed to fashion the ngiw lor kan mueang style. 92

Author(s): Kittisak Kerdarunsuksri
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