Peter Kowalke

Peter Kowalke

Taking Sides is Not Right (for Me)

By on July 31, 2020

In light of the polarization in the world right now, I’ve been reflecting on what my response should be.

I have opinions and values, of course, some of them well-informed. But every time I come out on one side or the other by voicing those opinions, something feels deeply wrong.

So I’ve looked toward many of the people I admire most for guidance, and what emerges is a stance of inclusivity and non-interference. These people will give their perspective on truth when asked, but they are not advocates.

Taking a stance feels wrong because everyone is in my family, not just my “side.” The highest truth also is that I could be wrong even on my deepest held beliefs. You can’t come out on only one side if that’s true.

More importantly, when I pick sides and advocate strenuously I am quietly eroding my moral development. There’s something higher than tribalism, I think, even though tribalism and advocacy has its place in the chain of our evolution. Tribalism just isn’t a place where I want to stay.

With that in mind, I am attempting to pull back from this place of opinion and partisanship. It is someone else’s fight, not mine. I want to embrace all my brothers and sisters, not just some.

In Bangkok Until Covid-19 is Under Control

By on July 31, 2020

My July trip to the US is on hold for now.

Where Blackpink Sits in My Life

By on July 29, 2020

I've always listened to music. But now I'm plugged into what everyone is hearing, too.

Why You Should Know Valentina Ploy [Thai music for May, 2020]

By on May 17, 2020

Valentina Ploy is Thai, but she can be appreciated globally.

BTS Isn’t the Only K-Pop Right Now [May, 2020]

By on May 15, 2020

I like BTS, but there's also a lot of other good K-pop right now.

What Moves me is LA Priest [U.S. Music for May, 2020]

By on May 12, 2020

There's too much good music right now.

My 2020 Travel (Yes, I’m Flying Again)

By on May 3, 2020

I go into lockdown, too. I just don’t stay in lockdown that long.

Warning: Don’t Drink and Watch these Thai Commercials

By on April 26, 2020

Thai TV commercials are the best in the world. Watch some of my favorites.

The Best New K-Pop [April 2020]

By on April 12, 2020

If you’re in Asia, you know that K-Pop is some of the best music in the world (popular music, of course). If you don’t have a relationship with Asia, however, you might be missing some really good stuff. Here is


My Favorite New Thai Music [April 2020]

By on April 11, 2020

My favorite Thai music in April.