Isaan people have long been discriminated against, not only by regular people but also by the religious world. Ubon Ratchathani University professor Tee Anmai recounts his experience as a novice from Isaan when he was called “Lao” and rejected by Bangkok temples.
Sulak Sivaraksa has been charged with royal defamation no less than six times. Speaking to The Isaan Record, he tells the story of his audience with King Rama X, and how it purportedly led to a military court dropping the most recent case against him. He also talks about the need for Thailand to allow its Isaan Lao to celebrate their culture and ethnicity.
The Isaan RecordNovember 16, 2019
Under the guise of waitresses in karaoke bars, Lao migrant women continue to work in the sex trade in the Northeast, despite the risk of arrest and deportation.
The Isaan RecordApril 4, 2019
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.
Peera SongkünnathamJune 30, 2018
Art historian Dr. Bonnie Brereton talks about Buddhist murals as a “democratic vision of society,” and a growing recognition of the shared culture in a region stretching from central Isaan to Laos.
Peera SongkünnathamOctober 20, 2017
Preecha Phinthong’s “Isan-Thai-English Dictionary” is like a very long love letter to the Isaan literature and language. But almost 30 years after its first publication, it is time for a more modern version, writes Peera Songkünnatham.
Peera SongkünnathamAugust 2, 2017
A small school in Nong Khai Province is setting an example in adhering to Thailand’s human rights obligations seeing its Lao pupils become student leaders. But hundreds of thousands of other migrant students are left unschooled.