Contract farming is a common choice amongst farmers in the Northeast but many farmers report that the system is ridden with problems and many producers involved find themselves to be in severe debt.
Villagers around Kaeng Lawa Lake in Khon Kaen Province make a good living from raising and selling water buffalo. But development projects proposed by business investors and the Royal Irrigation Department threaten to destroy the wetlands that the villagers and buffalo depend on.
The Isaan RecordDecember 17, 2015
First published on Prachatai English Updates on the situation of the anti-establishment Red Shirt supporters in the North and Northeast, 2015: how their ways of thinking and living have changed since the 2014 military coup “Red Shirts” is a well-known term in Thai politics referring to groups of people who share a similar ideology, yet […]
The Isaan RecordDecember 15, 2015
In this interview, James Mitchell talks about his new book, which traces the evolution of the Thai music genre luk thung from its working class origins to becoming Thailand’s most popular music.
The Isaan RecordOctober 30, 2015
From a rural Isaan childhood to student activism in Bangkok and six years with the communist armed struggle, 65-year-old Somkit Singsong is now leading a green development project. But the life of Somkit will forever be linked to Thailand’s turbulent times of the 1970s.
The Isaan RecordOctober 15, 2015
The Isaan Record unveils today a new section called “Isaan Lives.” It will feature the stories of Isaan people—the low, the mighty; the rich, the poor; the actively engaged and those just carrying on with their work and lives. We debut with the work and life of a Village Health Volunteer who takes care of […]