Signs for the times in Isaan

Dozens of multilingual signs (Thai, Isaan and English) have been installed across Khon Kaen province in the past months through the Isaan Culture Maintenance and Revitalization Programme.

Is the key to happiness a daughter in Europe?

While Europe worries about trafficking and the so-called refugee crisis, Isaan villagers are still building their hopes on women’s migration and labor abroad, writes Social Anthropologist Sine Plambech in this guest commentary.

Public education in the Northeast producing inequalities

Today, the education system in Northeast Thailand is increasingly geared towards making money. Public schools see opportunity in capitalizing on middle class students, creating economic elitism in education by granting privileges to a small group of selected students, comments guest contributor Natchanon Ongjui.

Letter to the editor: Response to op-ed on revitalizing Isaan Lao literacy

Dear Editor, I read with interest your recent article by Peera Songkünnatham titled “Let’s revitalize Isaan Lao literacy through translations’ in which he mentioned the Isan Culture maintenance and Revitalization Programme. I would agree that Peera’s aspirations, i.e., the revitalization of Isaan by writing in Isaan and translating global classics into Isaan using Thai phonetics, […]

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