BANGKOK, May 7 – Thailand’s love affair with beauty pageants was fuelled today when hopefuls for the title of Miss Universe 2005 began arriving from around the world for this year’s most important beauty competition.
Welcomed by Thailand’s former Miss Universe, Miss Apasara Hongsakul, and this year’s Thai entrant, Miss Chananporn Rosjan, the contestants descended on the Dusit Thani Hotel, the centre of this year’s pageant.
The first contestant to arrive, Miss Pham Thu Hang from Vietnam, told reporters that she was impressed by the warm reception she had received from the Thai delegation.
The main contest will be held on 30 May.
Island studies is not the mere study of events and
phenomena on sites which happen to be islands;
islands do not merely reproduce on a manageable scale
the dynamics and the behaviour which exist elsewhere.
Islandness is an intervening variable which contours
and conditions physical and social events in distinct,
and distinctly relevant, ways.
â€” Godfrey Baldacchino,
UPEI Canada Research Chair in Island Studies