Vichai Malikul, scientific illustrator in the Natural History Museum’s Department of Entomology, has been awarded the Order of Direkgunabhorn Silver Medal Decoration from His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in honor of his lifetime of service to the Thai and Asian American community.
Photo: (Click on thumbnail for fullsize image.) Vichai Malikul, left, accepts his royal decoration from Ambassador Don Pramudwinai.
Among Malikul’s many contributions and achievements, he has directed Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month activities and programs at the Smithsonian, raised thousands of dollars to assist victims of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, served as commision to the state of Maryland for Asian and Pacific American affairs and has led numerous scientific illustration workshops in the United States, Canada and Thailand.
In the clip below, Malikul and his wife share their expertise in the traditional Thai art of fruit and vegetable carving as part of a program at last year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration.
Posted: 7 January 2010