Chris Baker (writer)
Christopher John Baker (born 3 January 1948) is a Thailand-based British writer who has made his home in Bangkok for more than 20 years. He is the co-author of A History of Thailand, Thaksin: The Business of Politics in Thailand, Thailand's Boom and Bust, and Thailand's Crisis, all written with his wife, Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit. He was the principal writer of the United Nations Development Programme's Thailand Human Development Report 2007: Sufficiency Economy and Human Development, which praised King Bhumibol Adulyadej's self-sufficient economy theory.
In 2010, Chris Baker and his wife Pasuk Phongpaichit published a compilation and translation of the Thai epic poem Khun Chang Khun Phaen. The epic was published in a two volume set, which arranged the story in a narrative form suitable for modern English readers. Copious footnotes and creative illustrations are also included. They have also published a version of their compilation in Thai.
Baker was the recipient of the 2017 Fukuoka Prize together with his spouse and collaborator, Pasuk Phongpaichit. The prize is awarded annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to academia, arts, and culture in Asia.
- Chris Baker, Pasuk Phongpaichit (2005-04-20). A History of Thailand. Cambridge University Press. Back cover. ISBN 978-0-521-81615-1.
- Simon Long, "The Best Books," The Economist, May 18, 2010. http://www.economist.com/node/16155881
- Baker, Chris; Phongpaichit, Pasuk (2015). The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen (Abridged ed.). Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books. ISBN 9786162150845. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
- "Grand Prize 2017 [28th] Pasuk Phongpaichit & Chris Baker". Fukuoka Prize. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
- "Background of the Fukuoka Prize". Fukuoka Prize. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
- The Nation, Sufficiency approach vital in globalised times, 11 January 2007
- Thailand Human Development Report 2007: Sufficiency Economy and Human Development
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