Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • “Dear Mr. Scott Skinner, “Because of the ongoing work of the Government of Cambodia to nuture its traditional cultural traditions, such as dance and music and kiteflying, the Government’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has made a particular effort to publish another important book on Khmer kites with the financial assistance of the Drachen Foundation of Seattle, Washingon, U.S.A.
  • With anecdotes, tall tales, gossip, intelligent inside information and the occasional magic trick------all commented on in a forceful, clipped British accent-----Shakib Gunn of Singapore is easily able to dominate a dinner table of 20. He did it one night on that tight little island at a gathering of the Singapore Kite Association, an organization he helped found and has led for many years. A heart ailment has recently cramped his traveling, but hardly his enthusiasm.
  • Carved out of rubber and palm oil plantations and scrubland a quarter century ago, the industrial town of Pasir Gudang in peninsular Malaysia’s Johor state, bordered on the south by Singapore, is a bit soulless. It has factories staffed by people from all over the country, plus a fair number of foreign workers. Sense of community is lacking.
  • A vast former military camp named Fort Bonifacio east of Manila was sold some years ago by the Philippine government to a private real estate conglomerate. The Hong Kong-based corporation soon developed a portion of the land nearest the capital into the largest and most expensive real property holding in the whole country. A series of 50-story buildings were put up. Meanwhile, the remainder of the huge holding continued as unoccupied, flat grassland, intersected by a network of concrete roads.
  • Picture the scene: a park on a sunny Sunday, people all over the place, me with a nine-foot box kite and no wind to help me launch it. I’m trying to coax the thing off the ground when a woman with two dogs wanders over and says: “They are scared to death of kites. I’m trying to get them used to them.”