WSDC 2014 – Media Guide

Long story short, I’m now helping with tabbing for WSDC 2014, and for obvious reasons will not be doing the regular reportage of results, etc. I’ll probably still do round-ups but certainly not at the same regularity as I have done in the past.

For those of you who want minute-by-minute updates on results as they happen, monitoring #WSDC and/or #WSDC2014 should give you enough details.

Round-by-round results will be published via @WSDC2014. But since we have to get the results for all debates, it will take a little longer than I have done in the past where I only need results of certain debates.

In short: check @WSDC2014

2nd AWSDC 2014 [MOTIONS]

Motions for the 2nd Asia World Schools Debating Championships held in Thailand as official released in regards to the preliminary and out rounds.

R1: THB in a citizen’s right to bear arms.
R2: THBT liberal democracies should adopt educational policies at creating a less religious population.
R3: THW not give prominent entertainment awards to artists who have committed crimes of violence.
R4: THW give more votes to citizens who regularly donate a substantial proportion of their income to respectable charitable causes.
R5: THW give a doctors, not parents, the final say over all medical decisions concerning children.
R6: THW force all advertising to provide only technical product details and require that all products be sold in plain packages.
R7: THBT living below the poverty line should be the absolute defense to acquisitive crimes.
R8: THB the LGBT rights movement should abandon the claim that sexuality is not a choice.
OF: THW make the income tax of the richest proportional to the level of economic inequality.
QF: THBT the US should withdraw all military aid from Israel until the end of the occupation in Gaza.
SF: TH believes in the universal right to internet access.
GF: THBT when leaders of capable states turn away refugees, the ICC should prosecute them for crimes against humanity.

WSDC 2014 – Attending Teams [UPDATED]

[UPDATE 28 June] To reflect latest update from the organisers.

As indicated by the organisers on the Thailand WSDC facebook page, they are expecting some 46 teams to attend WSDC 2014. This will be the smallest tournament since WSDC exploded in size in 2010.

The draw is yet, though set, to be announced shortly pending confirmation from a few countries. It’ll still be an earlier announcement than 2013 when the draw was released 19 days before the tournament, though a little less than the 39 days teams were given between the draw and the tournament for 2012.

WSDC 2014 – Concerns, Comments, Confusions, Confirmations and Certainties

This is an attempt to provide some explanation as to the various emails, forums, newsletters and updates concerning the status of WSDC in 2014 and the Thailand World School Debating Championship 2014. Given the mass of material that has been produced in this regard, this will necessarily not be comprehensive, nor do I intend to express a particular preference for or against various proposals. Feel free to message me if you have concerns about the content of this post, or wish for aspects to be changed or updated. As always this reflects my take on events as they have happened.

Contents/Index/Table of Contents

  1. Quick Summary/Timeline
  2. Thailand WSDC 2014 – Moving forward
    • a) My estimate of tournament attendance
    • b) Results of WSDC Executive survey of Team Managers
    • c) Table of stated intentions


WSDC 2014 Prepared [MOTIONS]

Yes, still ‘WSDC 2014’ because following the vote, Thailand retains the title ‘WSDC’.
Also, apologies for the delay of this post, ironically was in a debate myself so didn’t catch these coming in.
Motions Committee: Tracey Lee, Aaron Maniam, Hayah Eichler, Jumin Lee, Kip Oebanda

R1: THBT post-revolution states should delegate trials of former rulers and high-ranking officials to the International Criminal Court.
R3: THW allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentences.
R5: THBT slum tourism does more harm than good.
R7: THW lift tax exemptions from religious institutions that refuse to recognize marriage equality.

GF: THBT an ASEAN political union is an impossible dream

WSDC 2013 – Team Thailand

Attending WSDC 2013 in Turkey as members of what looks to be an all female Thailand National Debate Team are:

  • Jazlina Sutanto (Anglo Singapore International School) {Returning member of WSDC 2012} (C)
  • Pimvipa Kunanusorn (Patumwan Demonstration School) {Returning member from WSDC 2011, WSDC 2012} (C)
  • Jasandra Sutanto (Anglo Singapore International School)
  • Charmaine Chin (Anglo Singapore International School)
  • Nutthanun Thanomvajamun (Triam Udom Suksa School)

Thailand are coached by LP (Chainarong Sangsranoi) and will be joined by their adjudicator, TJ (Thepparith Senamngern), and team manager Julie Seah.

Source: A very helpful Puff. Thank you!

[VIDEO] TWSDC 2012 – Octofinal (HKSDC vs. ASIS)

Octofinal debate at the 3rd Thailand World Schools Debating Championships between HKSDC 2 (proposition) and Anglo Singapore International School 1 (opposition) on the motion ‘THBT a strong dictatorship is better than weak democracy’. HKSDC2 beat Anglo1 2-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals. The members of HKSDC2 are Justin Lee, Michelle Sum, Brian Wong and Aspen Wang.

Video credits to Gary.

Afternoon in Bangkok

Hilarious bench and a good advertisement

Debating tournaments and touristing are not exactly a perfect match. Both take up so much time and energy that one is usually left to have to choose between one or the other. Thankfully, I was able to find myself a free afternoon during TWSDC 2012 in which I was able to wander freely around the shopping center of Bangkok. For me, aimless directionless random wander is the best way to see a new place, you get to notice all sorts of weird things without necessarily missing out on the traditional touristy spots.

Sooo many in Bangkok

I started at Siam Paragon where we were having lunch down in the food court. I had been told that the mall was massive, but somehow it didn’t seem that way from the outside. Not to mention that I almost didn’t realize that the podium entrance was in fact elevated above ground level, maybe it just seemed that way from the BTS platform. It took me nearly half an hour to wander through all the floors, mostly without going inside too many shops and still managed to miss large parts of the place. It says something when one shopping mall has 3 cinemas and almost every type, category and sort of food one could imagine. They even had enough space for some Swiss-Thai exhibition at the time.

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Motions for the 3rd Thailand World Schools Debating Championships 2012 at Anglo Singapore International School, Bangkok, Thailand.

TWSDC 2012 was hosted by Anglo Singapore International School, Bangkok, Thailand

R1: THBT the Eurozone should harmonize its debt through Eurobonds
R2: THBT states should not compensate individuals who choose to live in disaster areas
R3: THW make the protection of human rights a condition for receiving developmental aid
R4: TH supports rehabilitation over retribution for juveniles
R5: THW sign an international treaty banning Cyber warfare
R6: THW require schools to stop teaching a gender normative* curriculum** (*Based upon societal stereotype of traditional gender rules. **Courses, subject matter and activities.)
R7: THW ban all religions from actively seeking conversions
OF: [Governance] THBT a strong dictatorship is better than weak democracy
QF: [Wealth Distribution] THBT income equality should be prioritized over economic growth
SF: [Syria] THBT military intervention is justified to protect civilians from the state
GF: THBT Corporations are not people