A new trend of not standing in theaters during the royal anthem is going viral. People who do not stand declare it as an individual right and the act of not standing is not illegal. It’s happening in Isaan, too.
A victim of the pandemic, CIEE Khon Kaen, a unique exchange program for American students in Northeast Thailand, had to close its doors after 28 years. Guest contributor Weerawat Somnuek talked to the people involved with the program who hope their “people to people” education model can one day make a comeback.
“I want the monarchy to adapt itself because society won’t return to how it once was,” says activist and lawyer Anon Nampa as he calls for monarchial reform and amendments to the constitution.
The conventional view of Thai-Western relationships is older Western men meeting their future partner, often a single mother, at a tourist venue, getting married, and then moving to the man’s home country or settling down in Thailand. But online dating apps also see a new phenomenon emerging: younger Thai women connecting up with younger Westerners. Guest contributor Kate Santaliz takes a look.
Hannah and Bae, an Isaan-American couple, tell the story of how their families and friends reacted to their relationship. [VIDEO]
When Thai women who live abroad with their foreign husbands face problems, to whom do they turn for help? The “Thai Daughter-in-Law and Farang Son-in-Law Clinic” was set up by the government to provide such services. But there’s one problem: hardly anyone has used it.
The Isaan Record14/09/2020
Jack and Float are bicultural kids in rural Udon Thani who have been bullied in school for being different. A new curriculum is now being developed to teach cultural diversity and end the problem of bullying in school.
Bicultural children in Isaan often face bullying in school for looking different than their peers. Thichanon Chumwaengwapi, a teacher at a local school in Udon Thani’s Phen district, is developing a curriculum to teach respect for cultural diversity.
When Lanee Phaengthaisong married a Swiss man and moved to Switzerland, she never thought they would one day return to her home in rural Buriram to run an elderly home for retired Europeans.