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New push for potash mining hits opposition in Isaan

As mining companies are rushing to dig up one of the world’s largest potash deposits, local opposition is growing in the Northeast

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Bonnie Brereton: finding democracy in Buddhist murals

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.

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The Waiting Game (Part 1): Rising waters to submerge Chi River Basin communities

This is part one in a series telling stories about how community members’ everyday lives have been affected by flooding. In the past two weeks, the threat of rising waters has brought uncertainty to the lives of one community in the form of flooded fields, crop failure, and restoration efforts.

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Isaan men navigating the pitfalls of Thainess and modernity

How Isaan men navigate the pitfalls of Thainess in the television show The Face Men Thailand.

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Jailed for resistance – Forest community fights in the face of eviction

A land rights activist whose husband was disappeared last year is serving a six-month sentence in prison for encroaching on national forest reserves. Her fellow community members continue to organize resistance as their numbers dwindle.




Isaan Lives: From Meat to Street

A popular street vendor at Khon Kaen University tells her story about changing careers from an unfulfilled office worker in Bangkok to an accomplished business owner.

Growing up Deaf in Thailand

For deaf people in Thailand, access to quality education is not a given. A residential schooling system provides opportunities for educational success, at a time where some children may be falling through the cracks. Two students at the Khon Kaen School for the Deaf share their stories.

Emotions of Resistance: Reflecting on Human Rights in Isaan

The Northeast has been hit hard by human rights violations in the past three years. After studying in Khon Kaen for one semester, an American college student reflects on her experiences engaging with issues of human rights and environmental justice in Isaan.

The Waiting Game (Part 3): “The flood left a trail of sadness and worry.”

Floodwaters have receded from two communities in Khon Kaen. Having lost their rice harvest this season, many farmers are awaiting compensation from the government, worried they will be unable to pay off their agricultural loans. As community members return to their daily lives, many are calling for better dam management.

Remembering rebellion

Isaan’s former communists resist fading into oblivion and continue organizing annual commemoration events.