What does is mean to be championing the revindication of Lao ethnicity when one is not in fact Lao, asks Peera Songkünnatham in this personal essay on identity and belonging.
The age-old trope of Isaan women as domestic servants in Thai media has not gone away just yet.
Peera SongkünnathamMay 20, 2018
Thai society is embracing the Isaan food staple pla daek, or pla ra. But instead of serving the government’s nationalist ends it should be recognized as an important part of a regional culture.
Paul BiermanApril 28, 2018
Movie theaters chains have replaced most of the independent cinemas once found in almost every city of the Northeast. But in the region’s smaller towns, stand-alone movie parlors continue to draw a loyal audience.
The Isaan RecordMarch 28, 2018
White-passing Thais seem to only count as Thai in the eyes of society when they can “out-Thai the Thais.”
Paul BiermanJanuary 4, 2018
From the prime minister’s warning to molam listeners to UNESCO’s praise of khaen music.
Peera SongkünnathamDecember 30, 2017
Esania Sector 9 The Lost City is a post-apocalyptic science-fiction online novel imagining Isaan after total ecological collapse.
Peera SongkünnathamNovember 3, 2017
A new book on Thai art seeks to historicize contemporary art in the transition from modernity to contemporaneity.
Peera SongkünnathamOctober 29, 2017
How Isaan men navigate the pitfalls of Thainess in the television show The Face Men Thailand.