An Imperial Sake Cup and I
An Imperial Sake Cup and I is a lecture-performance by Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, a renowned historian and specialist in Southeast Asia Studies, and recipient of the Fukuoka Academic Prize in 2012. Charnvit draws a connection between his relationship with the Japanese army in his hometown Nong Pla Duk, Ban Pong, during World War II. In 1964, Emperor (then Crown Prince) Akihito and his consort officially visited Thailand, and as a junior member of the Bangkok Municipality welcome team, Charnvit was given a royal sake cup, which he has kept ever since.
In this lecture-performance, he traces personal and micro-narratives to reflect objects and memories as well as his witnessing of the global social transformation from the Japanese presence in Thailand, the Vietnam War, and the 1970s student uprising in Thailand. He juxtaposes Thailand and Japanese history and subtly unravels the comparison of these two countries.
The performance was firstly staged as part of ‘The Breathing of Maps’ project at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai in 2020 and had its Japan premiere at the Tokyo Festival in October 2022. Let’s take a journey with Charnvit’s Sake Cup in Bangkok this June. Only 3 performances at BACC. 16 - 18 June 2023.
Organized by The Foundation for the Promotion of Social Sciences and Humanities Textbooks Project with Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University and B-Floor Theatre and Mobile Lab
939 Rama 1 Rd., Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330