Changing manifestations of wisdom and knowledge in Thailand

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Abstract

Thailand is an important regional power in south-east Asia. At present it is experiencing a time of rapid economic development that brings tension into the traditional storehouses of knowledge. Local Thai knowledge and wisdom are being eclipsed by newer knowledge coming into Thailand from the outside. Thailand, however, has a long and proud tradition of adaptation and some Thais believe that this trait of adaptation describes the essence of Thailand. The task is well summed up by the Office of the National Education Commission (1991, p. 17) which says, '[The new graduate] must think out how to produce a well-balanced combination of modern knowledge and local wisdom for future economic and social development'. Traditional knowledge is being blended with newer knowledge to form wisdom that is distinctly Thai and enables Thailand to join the global community as a well-informed regional power.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-682
Number of pages14
JournalProspects
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995
Externally publishedYes

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