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Jeffrey Warner

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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About Jeffrey
Jeffrey Warner is a civil journalist, documentarian-storyteller, and multimedia artist. He specializes in open-minded interpersonal communication that engages an array of people from diverse ages and cultures. He is motivated by collaboration in building communication bridges that cultivate social capital and positive societal change.

Jeffrey has skills in social-environmental analysis, public engagement, and interview conversations. He is versed in multiple genres of writing, photography, and video production. He is also competent in Adobe creative suite software (InDesign and Photoshop), and media communications design. 

Jeffrey has worked in television news as well as for newspapers and magazines. Freelance since 2012, he has also provided communication services for government and non-government organizations. His career has been focused largely on addressing capitalism development impacts, social change patterns, and resilience. Evidence of this is revealed via journalism work in the USA, Europe, and Asia. He has lived and worked in Bosnia. Much of this past decade has involved living in Thailand. There, he has spent time with Burmese refugees located on the Thai-Burma border. Mostly, Jeffrey has been learning from the region’s rural ethnic indigenous peoples. Jeffrey also lived, studied, and worked in Taiwan. 

In addition to recording these experiences in books format, Jeffrey’s written and photographic works have been published or exhibited in the United States and in SE-Asia, at academic conferences, TEDx, as well as for entities such as the Royal Photographic Society and the United Nations. In 2009, I earned the first place award for the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s “social issues” reporting category. He also received two ‘honorable mention’ prizes for the 2018 International Photography Awards competition (professional category).

You can view his CV at https://www.jeffsjournalism.com/jeffrey-warner-cv/
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Portfolio

The Sacred Well: Preserving Tradition in the Face of Modernity

05 Apr 2023  |  Chiang Mai Citylife
The article explores the unique lifestyle of the ethnic Pakagayor (Karen) village community in Nam Bor Noi, Lamphun Province, Thailand. The villagers, who are devout Buddhists and strict vegetarians, live without electricity and modern conveniences, drawing water from a sacred well and maintaining a traditional way of life. However, the community faces challenges such as limited income opportunities, the encroachment of modernity, and the departure of the younger generation. The article discusses the impact of development on traditional cultures and the efforts of villagers like Tior and Kabuwa to preserve their way of life amidst changing times. It also touches on the broader issues faced by Thailand's indigenous ethnic groups, including land rights, cultural preservation, and the effects of government policies on their traditional practices.

The Sacred Well: Preserving Tradition in the Face of Modernity

05 Apr 2023  |  Chiang Mai Citylife
The article explores the unique lifestyle of the ethnic Pakagayor (Karen) village community in Nam Bor Noi, Lamphun Province, Thailand. The villagers, who are devout Buddhists and strict vegetarians, live without electricity and modern conveniences, drawing water from a sacred well and maintaining a traditional way of life. However, the community faces challenges such as limited income opportunities, the encroachment of modernity, and the departure of the younger generation. The article discusses the impact of development on traditional cultures and the efforts of villagers like Tior and Kabuwa to preserve their way of life amidst changing times. It also touches on the broader issues faced by Thailand's indigenous ethnic groups, including land rights, cultural preservation, and the effects of government policies on their traditional practices.

This ‘documentary for dialogue,’ via footage of indigenous peoples from northern Thailand and Myanmar, addresses some of the nuts and bolts of ‘economic development,’ while leaving space for viewer interpretation.

This informs about brave people who are diligently striving toward attaining civic equity and societal equality. This is in a country where social activism can be quite dangerous.

Jeffrey Warner — CV

28 Jul 2020  |  Jeff's Journalism
The article is a personal and professional biography of a journalist with a diverse background in sociology, environmental science, and mass communications. The journalist has worked in various capacities, including as an editor, writer, photographer, and video producer, and has been involved in numerous projects that focus on social change, cultural preservation, and the impacts of capitalism development. Their work has taken them to the USA, Europe, and Asia, with significant time spent in Thailand and Bosnia, where they have engaged with local communities and reported on issues such as war, poverty, disease, and social injustice. The journalist has received awards for their work and has been involved in educational roles, teaching English and journalism. They have also contributed to tourism development projects and have worked with various media outlets and educational institutions.

Dignity Amidst the Rubbish: Hour-by-Hour With a Burmese Migrant Community in Thailand

28 Jul 2020  |  Jeff's Journalism
The photo book 'Dignity Amidst the Rubbish: Hour-by-Hour With a Burmese Migrant Community in Thailand' provides a profound insight into the lives of a Burmese refugee community living in a rubbish dump near the Burma border in Mae Sot, Thailand. Through photographs, prose, and translated narratives, the book offers an intimate look at the daily experiences of these individuals and their families. Rather than focusing solely on the harsh living conditions, the book reflects on the community's resilience and unity in the face of poverty and hardship. It also serves as a commentary on broader global issues such as economic development, the global market system, and the impact on human rights and the environment. Additionally, the book includes a section aimed at raising funds to support the featured community.

Pai, 57; Fon, 21: The New Hmong: Becoming Clean

28 Jul 2020  |  Jeff's Journalism
The article explores the cultural and lifestyle changes among the Hmong people in a village in Thailand due to modernization. It contrasts the traditional Hmong way of life with the new, modernized lifestyle. The villagers have adopted technologies such as gas stoves, refrigerators, and sewing machines, and their homes have evolved from bamboo huts to concrete houses. While they have retained some traditions, such as wearing Hmong dress and making rice cakes, other aspects like farming practices and food consumption have changed significantly. The villagers express a desire to be seen as developed and clean by outsiders, yet they also wish to preserve their cultural identity. The article reflects on the community's acceptance of modern comforts and the shift in their values and perceptions over the past thirty years.

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This (.doc download) is a cross-section display of my written international journalism work. This portfolio reveals compelling stories covering everything from hard news to arts and culture, profiles, to documentary-style photographs and videos.

Back to the Basics: Can’t Buy This Way of Life

27 Jul 2020  |  Jeff's Journalism
The article discusses the socio-ecological impacts of capitalism and modernity on indigenous communities, focusing on the Pakagayor (Karen) people in Northern Thailand. It highlights the struggle of the community in Baan Nam Bor Noi to maintain their traditional lifestyle amidst the pressures of development and modern technology. The story is told through the perspectives of Tior and Kabuwa, who represent different generations within the community. The article questions the true cost of 'development' on cultural heritage and traditional ways of life, suggesting that the loss of traditional knowledge and the homogenization of cultures are significant downsides of the global market system. It calls for reflection on what is being lost in the pursuit of progress and the long-term consequences for society.

Documentary Videos by Jeffrey Warner

07 Jul 2017  |  www.jeffsjournalism.com
Jeffrey Warner's documentaries explore human rights movements, indigenous cultures, economic development, and environmental conservation in Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. The documentaries feature activists like Sirisak “Ton” Chaited, musicians like Toni Oo and Chi Suwichan, and individuals like Jalae Jamuu and Lawa Piheg who are preserving their cultural heritage. The United Nations is mentioned in the context of indigenous peoples' rights. The documentaries aim to provide a dialogue on societal changes and the impact of development on traditional cultures and the environment.
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