richard s. ehrlich

foreign correspondent


radio & tv reporter

pen-and-ink illustrator


reporting from asia since 1978

richard s. ehrlich’s biographical details (resume)

Richard S. Ehrlich

e-mail: glossograph *at* gmail *dot* com

twitter: @nimists



American foreign correspondent, photojournalist, radio & TV reporter, author and illustrator currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Reporting news from Asia for international media since 1978.


Many of my latest news stories are archived by Scoop at:



I have been based in:

Hong Kong (July 1978 - January 1980)

New Delhi, India (January 1980 - April 1984)

Hong Kong (April 1984 - September 1985)

Bangkok, Thailand (September 1985 - October 1986)

New Delhi, India (October 1986 - April 1989)

Bangkok, Thailand (April 1989 - today)


I began reporting while based in Asia immediately after I received a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Foreign Correspondent’s Award in 1978 which included $2,500, plus an air ticket from the U.S. to Hong Kong, and a position at United Press International (UPI) as an Editor for Asia and the Pacific.

Since 1978, my datelines have included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam and elsewhere.



More than than 7,000 photographs which I shot during assignments in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam and elsewhere.

In addition to revolutions, religious ceremonies and other events, I have also photographed:

the Queen of England

the Dalai Lama

Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev

Margaret Thatcher

Rajiv Gandhi

the King of Bhutan

Cambodia’s Hun Sen, King Norodom Sihanouk, Queen Monique and Prince Ranariddh

Aung San Suu Kyi in her home in Burma

Afghanistan’s U.S.-installed President Hamid Karzai, warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum and Soviet-backed President Najibullah

Moscow’s Chief of Soviet Ground Troops in Afghanistan, General Valentin Varennikov

Yassar Arafat

Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines

Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam guerrillas, President Junius Jayewardene and Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike

India’s “Bandit Queen” Phoolan Devi

Asia’s imprisoned “Bikini Killer” Charles Sobhraj

India’s Khalistan guerrilla leader “Saint” Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale

American singer Gwen Stefani

author Norman Mailer

editorial cartoonist Pat Oliphant

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

Homeland Security’s Tom Ridge

New York City during September 2001

U.S. President George W. Bush

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

More than 7,000 photos are online for you to view (and purchase for publication) at:



I have freelanced for:

Absolute Phuket magazine, Thailand / Aftonbladet, Sweden / American Reporter, on-line, Internet / Asia Magazine, Hong Kong / Asia InPlay magazine, California / Asia Pacific Broadcasting magazine, Singapore / Asian Medical News, Hong Kong / Asian Pacific Post, Canada / Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia / The Australian / B International magazine, Hong Kong / Bizarre magazine, England / Brisbane Courier-Mail, Australia / Cable and Satellite Asia magazine, England / China Hospital magazine, Hong Kong / Compass News syndication / Daily Telegraph, England / Daily Yomiuri, Japan / Dawn, Pakistan / Dynasty in-flight magazine, China Airlines / e-Asia Cable and Satellite, on-line, Internet / Eastern Express, Hong Kong / 89 Rock magazine, Brazil / Electronic Times, on-line, Internet / Elle magazine, England / ELLEgirl magazine, New York / Encyclopedia Mediasat (in Polish), Poland / English Zone magazine, Japan / EscapeArtist.com, on-line, Internet / European Press Network / Farang magazine, Thailand / Fate magazine, Wisconsin / Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong magazine / Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas / Freedom Review magazine, New York / Free Press, Ohio, USA / Gavroche magazine (in French), Thailand / Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish), Poland / Getty Images, USA / Global Politician, on-line, Internet / Globe and Mail, Canada / Going Places in-flight magazine, Malaysia Airlines / Hindustan Times, India / Hong Kong Standard, China / Ice magazine, England / Illustrated Science magazine, Denmark / Independent, England / Insight magazine, Washington DC / Inter Press Service syndication / Irish Times, Ireland / Kompas, Indonesia / Laissez Faire City Times, on-line, Internet / London Observer News Service syndication / Lonely Planet, Travel Guides / MacLean’s magazine, Canada / Macmillan Language House books, Japan / Melbourne Herald-Sun, Australia / Metro magazine, Thailand / The Nation, Kenya / The Nation, Thailand / National Post, Canada / National Public Radio, Washington / News-Times, Florida / Newsday, New York, USA / Newsweek magazine, Japan / Nose magazine, California / Orange County Register, California / Patriot Ledger, Massachusetts / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania / Planet Syndication, England / Prestige magazine, Thailand / Reader’s Digest magazine / San Francisco Bay Guardian, California / San Francisco Chronicle, California / San Francisco Phoenix, California / Seoul Times, South Korea / Silk Road in-flight magazine, Dragon Air in-flight magazine / South China Morning Post, Hong Kong / Southeast Asia Globe magazine, Thailand / Sunday Herald, Scotland / Sunday Star-Times, New Zealand / Taipei Times, Taiwan / Television Business International magazine, England / Tempo magazine, Indonesia / Thailand’s Best Restaurants Guide, Tatler / Toronto Star, Canada / TravelAsia magazine, Singapore / TV Technology and Production Asia-Pacific magazine, New York / Untamed Travel magazine, Thailand / Vancouver Sun, Canada / Voici magazine, France / West Australian, Perth, Australia / World and I magazine, Washington DC


Previous experience:

United Press International (UPI) staff correspondent for 6 years (July 1978 - April 1984) based in:

New Delhi, India (January 1980 - April 1984)

When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on December 25, 1979, UPI immediately posted me from Hong Kong to be based in New Delhi as their staff correspondent for South Asia

Reporting for UPI included:

- the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan

- Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s re-election and rule

- Pakistan’s martial law and Islamic shift under President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq

- coups in Bangladesh

- democracy and tourism in Nepal

- the birth of Sri Lanka’s civil war

In 1983, I was the first UPI correspondent in seven years to be invited by King Jigme Wangchuk into the tiny, secretive Himalayan nation of Bhutan.

Hong Kong (July 1978 - January 1980)

UPI Editor for Asia and the Pacific during:

- the establishment of U.S.-China diplomatic relations

- China’s brief war with Vietnam

- Vietnam’s “boat people” exodus


Earlier reporting:

September 1975 - August 1976 freelance from England, Ireland and Egypt

January 1975 - September 1975 freelance from South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Burma, India, Nepal, Italy and Greece

April 1974 - December 1974 San Francisco-based reporter for The San Francisco Phoenix newspaper, California

March 1972 - August 1972 freelance from Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania and Israel

May 1971 - August 1971 freelance from the Netherlands, West Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and Spain


Non-Fiction Books:

In 2011, I contributed to the final chapter, “Ceremonies and Regalia,” in a book titled,

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, A Life’s Work: Thailand’s Monarchy in Perspective

Published by Editions Didier Millet. ISBN: 9789814260565


I am also one of the main reporters and researchers for a book of journalism focusing on Thailand’s history titled,

Chronicle of Thailand: Headline News Since 1946

Published by the Bangkok Post and Editions Didier Millet. ISBN: 9789814217125


In 2008, I was one of the main interviewers and writers for a biographical book titled,

60 Stories of Royal Lineage, portraying descendents of Thailand’s royal family

Published in Bangkok. ISBN: 9789743835582


I am also co-author, along with Dave Walker, of a book of investigative documentary journalism titled,

"Hello My Big Big Honey!" Love Letters to Bangkok Bar Girls and Their Revealing Interviews

Published in 2012, in San Francisco, as an e-book,


The e-book is based on San Francisco’s popular print edition published in 2001.

That 252-page print edition includes 19 of my color photographs among its 26 pictures.

ISBN: 0867194731



London’s Tate Gallery museum exhibited “Hello My Big Big Honey!” in 2006 as part of an art installation.

London’s British Library described the book as a “masterwork” of “feminist research,” and offers a print edition in its Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections for consultation by scholars, academic researchers and others in the Reading Rooms, at Shelfmark YD.2004.a.1805.

TIME magazine hailed “Hello My Big Big Honey!” for its interviews, documentation and investigative journalism and as “…an intimate portrait…” of Bangkok’s West-meets-East sex industry.

The Far Eastern Economic Review magazine said it uncovered “a Freudian whirlpool of sexual fantasies and frustration, of damaged egos and haunting super-egos, of dreams of pure love and acts of cold calculation, and a milieu of cross-cultural mayhem.”

The Lonely Planet Guide to Thailand, and the Lonely Planet Guide to Bangkok, both recommended this book in their “Culture and Society” section.


A 172-page translation of “Hello My Big Big Honey!” sans photos is published in Bangkok in the following languages:

French, titled: “Bonjour ma Grande Grande Cherie!”

Italian, titled: “Buongiorno Mio Grande Grande Amore!”

German, titled: “Hello My Big Big Honey!” (Deutsche Fassung)


In addition to The British Library, this book is also available at other public libraries, including:

Columbia University’s Lehman Social Science Library in New York City offers the newest, expanded 252-page edition, with photos, at Call Number: HQ 810.3.H455 1993g.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Library has an earlier, 172-page first edition of “Hello My Big Big Honey!” in their permanent collection at the same Call Number.

The University of California Berkeley keeps the newest edition of “Hello My Big Big Honey!” in its Main Doe Library.

The University of California Berkeley’s Southeast Asia Library also keeps a copy in its Reference Center for Social Sciences and Humanities.

Columbia University Mentor:

September 2004 - today: Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism has appointed me to offer assistance in their Mentor Program. Each year, the university pairs me with a Master’s degree student, who is attending classes at the New York City campus, and I answer — via e-mail correspondence — the student’s questions about the profession and their future career.

Columbia University Proctor:

December 2003 - December 2006: Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism also appointed me as their Thailand-based proctor for administering, overseeing, and securing the school’s entrance examination, for applicants in this part of the world who needed to take the supervised test in Bangkok during the winter examination period.

Media Consultant to Leonardo DiCaprio:

January 1999 - April 1999: I was the Bangkok-based Media Consultant to Leonardo DiCaprio, handling worldwide release of DiCaprio’s quotes, photographs and TV video, to local and international newspapers, magazines, television stations and internet websites — plus advising the actor on topics and word usage for his written published statements and relations with local and international media — while he was here in Thailand filming the movie, “The Beach.”

Printing & photo darkroom experience:

Operator of flatbed newspaper presses.

Cylindrical offset presses.

Vertical platen presses.

Manual “furniture” lockup.

Photochemical processor of line-cut metal plates for letterpress printing.

Liquid hot-lead Linotype compositor.

Linotype lead smelter.

Telex operator.

Half-tone dot photography.

Black-and-white photo darkroom developing, enlarging and printing.

Negative duplicating.

Negative opaquing.

Industrial and graphics photography.


Stone lithography.



Book binding.

Book jacket ink-gum marbling.

Metal type galley proofreader.

Layout artist.

Pen-and-ink illustrator.

Setter of 18th century, cold-lead “movable type” by hand.

Internet HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) website construction.


January 1976 - June 1976: Taught English as a second language at the Oxford School of English and Foreign Languages, London, England.


May 1978 Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, New York City: Scholarship, Master’s of Science degree, cum laude, and recipient of their 1978 Foreign Correspondent’s Award.

May 1978 Barnard College, New York City: Anthropology of Southeast Asia. A Barnard campus course in conjunction with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

September 1976 - May 1977 University of Hull, Yorkshire, England: Senior undergraduate year studying Shakespeare, Modern British Literature, Commonwealth Literature, and Women’s Literature under San Francisco State University’s “Special Study” and “Independent Study” programs while in England.

May 1977 San Francisco State University, California: Bachelor’s of Arts degree, cum laude, English and Creative Writing, including “Special Study” and “Independent Study” programs during 1975 while in South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Burma, India and Nepal, plus “Special Study” and “Independent Study” programs during 1976-1977 while in London and Hull, England.

I am from San Francisco and speak some Thai, Mandarin, Hindustani, Urdu, Spanish and French.

e-mail:  glossograph *at* gmail *dot* com

greetings from bangkok, thailand ~


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richard s. ehrlich reporting on the royal thai army’s final bloody assault on the red shirts’ barricades on ratchadamri road in bangkok, thailand, may 19, 2010.

(photos by al rockoff)

e-book $4.99

our non-fiction book of investigative journalism:

"Hello My Big Big Honey!" Love Letters to Bangkok Bar Girls and Their Revealing Interviews

is now an *e-book* for kindle etc

available direct from the publisher in san francisco




(this e-book is also on amazon, but amazon devours a huge commission.  san francisco’s *gumroad* link above is much better for us.  but if you are totally obsessed with amazon, then yes, here below is amazon’s link)



London’s Tate Modern Gallery exhibition of “Hello My Big Big Honey!” 

At the Tate Modern Gallery in London, “Hello My Big Big Honey!” appeared in an installation called, “Untitled (2006)” by conceptual artist Ms. Simryn Gill. 

Tate Modern Odd: A Woman Obsessively Cuts Words From “Hello My Big Big Honey!”

Ms. Gill, wielding a sharp blade, obsessively cut more than 80 words from 123 books, including the non-fiction tome that I co-wrote titled, “Hello My Big Big Honey!” Love Letters to Bangkok Bar Girls and Their Revealing Interviews.

(read all about it in *The Correspondent* magazine, published by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong):


San Francisco Book Tour

SAN FRANCISCO, California — A switchblade to the throat, a former CIA “Apocalypse Now” paramilitary leader, and a warning not to say “chicks,” greeted us during our three-week book signing tour in San Francisco. 

And who were those “Trotskyite feminists”? 

(read all about it in *Dateline* magazine, published by The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand)


That above link is under construction, but there is a new “Hello My Big Big Honey!” Facebook page — with extra photographs & text excerpts — that is open to all:


I am also one of the main researchers and writers of the 444-page, non-fiction book about Thailand’s history titled,

“1946-2009 Chronicle of Thailand: 64 Years of Headline News”
published in 2009 by the Bangkok Post and Editions Didier Millet.
ISBN 9789814217125
This book documents, among other events, America’s often brutal involvement in Thailand during the widening U.S.-Vietnam War, plus Thailand’s military dictators who napalmed their own northern hill tribes and hunted down suspected Chinese and other communists while this Southeast Asian nation was roiled by multiple coups and attempted putsches. 

I am also one of the main researchers and writers of the 444-page, non-fiction book about Thailand’s history titled,

“1946-2009 Chronicle of Thailand: 64 Years of Headline News”

published in 2009 by the Bangkok Post and Editions Didier Millet.

ISBN 9789814217125

This book documents, among other events, America’s often brutal involvement in Thailand during the widening U.S.-Vietnam War, plus Thailand’s military dictators who napalmed their own northern hill tribes and hunted down suspected Chinese and other communists while this Southeast Asian nation was roiled by multiple coups and attempted putsches. 

drinking iced tea 
foreign correspondents’ club of cambodia
photo by tim page

drinking iced tea 

foreign correspondents’ club of cambodia

photo by tim page

who am i?



biographical data (resume) — link:   




Interview with Richard S. Ehrlich, foreign correspondent: Who are you? What is your background?

citylife chiang mai — link:




Road Warriors: Interviewing Richard S. Ehrlich — Warrior of Words

untamed travel magazine — link:


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Back From The Front: Interview with Richard Ehrlich

european press network — link:

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Xpat Files: Breathless in Bangkok

travelocity magazine — link:


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Interviewing the Interviewer

richard s. ehrlich interrogated by scott murray — link:


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Kabul — Afghan Blues

*dateline* magazine, published by the foreign correspondents’ club of thailand — link:


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Kabul — Trouble If You’re An American Reporter

united press international — link:


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