Picking berries or other wild fruits in Europe is a very lucrative job for many. It has become popular among Thai workers, especially those from Isaan. Many invested their life savings to fly to the opposite side of the world, with high hopes of turning their lives around. However, for some, they return to Thailand […]
The province of Sakon Nakhon has long been stigmatized as the “land of dog eaters.” In fact, the culture behind consuming dog meat exists across Asia. Historically, Sakon Nakhon city was the nexus of the dog meat trade with exports to neighboring countries. Dogs in the countryside were commonly traded for a water container or wash tub before being transported to other countries. The Isaan Record explores the reasons why the image of Sakon Nakhon is still tied to dog eating until today.
In Thai society, there are few Thai scholars who remain hopeful. One of them is Prof. Dr. Thongchai Winichakul, a former lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, points to a way out for Thai society, once again in a time of crisis. The media needs to reinvent itself, and truly become professional.
It was also where locals were educated politically, and was a critical and important point in the political development in Isaan. The Isaan Record visits the site to learn about the life of those who searched for enlightenment, living as communists in the vast forest; those who reflect on what they learned after living in Dong Phra Jao.
Condemnation of the gruesome attack launched by a former policeman at a Nong Bua Lamphu childcare center was so strong that no temple in the community would cremate his body. The Isaan Record went to the site to talk to several people who could shed some light on the situation. Some said the mass shooter had been a good student who was admired by his community. What happened to him? One of his neighbors said the shooter had complained about being discharged from the police force. However, it was unclear whether he was actually guilty of drug possession. The stress from the criminal proceedings, plus other troubles from his personal life, might have been triggers to one of Thailand’s greatest tragedies.
An army of Khon Kaen Police were on hand as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha surveyed the areas experiencing significant flooding, the prime minister’s first visit to the region after the Constitutional Court allowed him to continue in his position. Protesters were also on hand, holding signs like, “Flooding water, flooding debt, a false Prime Minister.”
“Clothing is just a basic necessity of humans. It doesn’t decrease or increase my quality as a teacher.” This is is an ad for the "Next Uniform" campaign for Khon Kaen University students who want people to look at people equally ad not evaluating them by their clothes.