Reflection On The Opium Museum

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Reflection: A walk through the Hall of the Opium Museum

On Wednesday, 5 July 2017, I went to visit the Opium Museum of Thailand expecting it to be a boring event. However, in Just after the entrance at the lobby, there I noticed sensitive wall art works displaying the brutality of war. One thing grabbed my attention that a mother is trying to hide her child, an attempt to protect a little child from war lords and their soldiers. Even though it made me sad, but, I still managed to pay less attention as my mission was to know about opium, not any war this time.

The journey began with a couple of descriptive maps followed by a documentary film. With no surprise, the contribution of the Royal Thai Family in preventing the opium addiction among Hill Tribes and others were told, however, surprisingly, the message of past wars which involved mainly the Britain, France and China came up. This is something about the opium history I have not known before! This learning reflection presents different themes I explored at the Opium Hall today along with offers the intellectual waves that has had stormed my thoughts in relation to the Southeast Asian Frontiers’ course.

1. People of Golden triangle:

The museum describes the ‘golden triangle’ is an area of mix ethnic groups (Karen, Laha, Hmong, Akha, Mien, Lisa) with no clear boundaries. All use opium for medicine, only some groups produce it for commercial sale. Here, the issue of boundary reminds me the undefined boundary line

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