First Broadcast of Emerging Thailand Aired June 16

Two More Broadcasts followed in June
June 6, 2013


The film Emerging Thailand: The Spirit of Small Enterprise was broadcasted on Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) on Sunday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. on Channel 21. The broadcast will also aired a discussion that followed the Chicago premiere of the film at the International House in May. Two more broadcasts of the film and discussion followed on June 17 at noon on Channel 21 and June 21 at 8 a.m. on Channel 19.

Emerging Thailand: The Spirit of Small Enterprise is a documentary film that takes viewers into the world of Thailand's small businesses and shows how the country's enterprises have diversified, grown and survived amid a rapidly changing marketplace and even led the marketplace itself. The film provides an intimate portrait of Thailand and its people, showcasing the country's diverse landscape, from rice paddies and farms to floating markets and chaotic urban centers. Viewers meet rubber farmers as they collect latex, watch silk growers cultivate their threads and see shrimp farmers netting their crops—all against a backdrop of breathtaking beauty.

Film Synopsis: For more than 15 years, Dr. Robert Townsend has led a team of economists from around the world and local researchers, traversing Thailand to conduct detailed assessments of the country's villages, towns, and urban neighborhoods—and the economies within. They have created a living database of the economic and financial behaviors of thousands of households and small enterprises, many of which were previously unaccounted for. Along the way, they have made extraordinary observations about the nature of emerging markets, what makes entrepreneurs successful, how their communities support them, and the large role they play in national growth and the creation of wealth. This compelling documentary (34 minutes) reveals the emerging spirit and dynamism of the Thai people and shares discoveries that will change your perspective on developing countries worldwide.

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