Thanat Khoman

Wednesday, September 25, 1963

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

From card catalog: Thanat Khoman, Foreign Minister of Thailand, speaks on conditions in South East Asia.

Host, Joseph Newman, Program Director of OPC, introduces Koman. "South East Asia is not quite the Disneyland people may have in mind." Dangerous life in Thailand. Life in Laos. (7:00) (9:30)

A new form of imperialism, ever since the end of the second world war. Specific routes feared for invasion in to Thailand: Laos is the most likely route. Association of South East Asia: solidarity and unity.

After the speech, the host introduces the ambassador.

Question and answer: how do the members of the Association of South East Asia work together? A joint South East Asia military group? South East Asia Treaty Organization. Agreements with the US. Menace from North Vietnam. Relations with Malaysia and Philippines.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70356
Municipal archives id: T376


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