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Voices from Isaan: two years under military rule

Voices from Isaan: two years under military rule

This week marks the second anniversary of Thailand’s latest coup d’état on May 22, 2014. The Isaan Record talked to people in Khon Kaen city and surrounding districts about two years of military rule.

05/23/2016

Planting the seeds of herbicide-free farming in Yasothon

Planting the seeds of herbicide-free farming in Yasothon

Many farmers in Na Samai subdistrict of Yasothon province have recently shifted to abandon herbicides in their farming practices. The critical factor in this remarkable trend seems to be the power of social networks.

05/19/2016

Isaan in the 1960s – A day at the races (part three)

Isaan in the 1960s – A day at the races (part three)

Rocket festivals, haircuts under the wing of a plane and dog population control in the 1960s in Isaan. Read the final part of the essay “A day at the races” by Kermit Krueger, who was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Maha Sarakham from 1963 to 1965.

05/12/2016

Isaan in the 1960s – A day at the races (part two)

Isaan in the 1960s – A day at the races (part two)

Read the second part of the essay “A day at the races” by Kermit Krueger, who was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer working at Maha Sarakham Teachers’ Training College from 1963 to 1965. It’s a personal account of life as a foreign teacher in Maha Sarakham in the 1960s and also a historical document of the Northeast during that period.

05/05/2016
Interview & Opinion

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.

04/06/2016

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.

03/28/2016