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.
“Awakened” is a graphic novel by Claudio Sopranzetti telling the story of Nok, a manual laborer with a yearning for true democracy and rights. In the end, Nok was defeated by a single bullet in the May 2010 clashes. Though the bullet blinded him, it is not clear whether he also lost sight of his ideals.
The short story “The Northeast” by Isaan writer Tee Anmai links memories of war with the deadly crackdown on protesters in April-May 2010.
In the second part of our series “Remembrances of Red Trauma”, we publish the short story “The room on the 7th floor” by northeastern writer and SEA Write Award nominee Phu Kradat.
Molam artist Patipan Luecha performs the protest song “March to oust dictatorship” at a student protest at Khon Kaen University in February.[VIDEO]
The Isaan Record06/04/2020
Filmed over ten years, a remarkable documentary offers a fresh and nuanced view on transnational marriages as it chronicles the lives of Isaan women who married Danish men and moved abroad.
The Isaan Record10/12/2019
Lao groups in the Northeast once used the Tai Noi script. But Siam’s national integration project imposed Central Thai as the only official language in the region.
Nibhon Khankaew, one of the brains behind Khon Kaen Manifesto, talks about the reception of last month’s art festival. He counters the widespread belief in Thailand’s art scene that art should be unpolitical.
The Isaan Record30/11/2018
A unlikely art festival in an abandoned building infused Thailand’s art scene with a new subversive spirit. Featured artists made a daring call to address society’s open wounds.