“We won’t take this anymore…it stops with our generation” – Observations from a youth protest in Ubon Ratchathani
Youth protests against the government are on the rise again in the Northeast and across the country. Patawee Chotanan observed a protest in Ubon Ratchathani and made eight interesting observations.
July 25, 2020
Remembrances of Red Trauma (21) – Hakom
A village in northeastern Thailand is terrorized by a powerful ghost and descends into chaos as two factions fight over how to exorcise the demon. A short story by Charuphat Petcharavej that can be read as a parable of the country’s political conflict.
June 7, 2020
Fading hopes for post-flood aid as volunteers struggle to build new homes in Ubon Ratchathani
More than 42,000 families were affected and some of them displaced by the recent flood in Ubon Ratchathani. As the state disaster compensation has yet to arrive, volunteers are filling in to provide some of the affected with new houses.
November 29, 2019
Be ready for the next deluge: Ten challenges for flood risk management in Isaan
Floods and droughts happen every year, but the Thai government has never addressed the issue with any sort of long-term vision. It’s time to systematically address the problems of flood risk management in the Northeast, writes guest contributor Pattawi Choti-Anan.
September 15, 2019
China’s banana boom is ‘saving’ a Mekong community threatened by Chinese dams
A Mekong riverside community forced to give up fishing as a livelihood due to the damming of the Mekong river in China is now turning to growing Cavendish bananas for export to China.
September 26, 2018
Family-run movie theater in Ubon Ratchathani survives decades of changes
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.
March 28, 2018
“Let it end in our generation”: Some reflections on the Car Mob and pro-democracy movement in Isaan
In a time of political dissent, people in the Northeast have turned to unique ways of…
July 28, 2022
Elephant welfare in Thailand: a growing ethical, political, and cultural concern
Thailand’s tourist industry has long profited from inhumane and exploitative techniques…
June 16, 2022
PART III: The Role of Champassak Royals as Mediators
In this final segment of our series, “The Holy Man Rebellion(s) from both sides of the…
April 21, 2022
PART II: The Holy Men Rise and Fall Across Borders
In Part I of our special three-part series, “The Holy Man Rebellions from both sides of…