Sommai Khamsingnok, main subject of the documentary “Heartbound – A Different Kind of Love Story”, shares her views on what is driving Isaan women to marry foreigners and move abroad.
The Thai middle-class often looks down on Isaan women who marry Westerners at the same time they don’t support policies that could benefit the marginalized. But some academics argue that these women are in fact empowered by their marrying a Westerner, providing them with the means to achieve “international” status that in many ways threatens Thai gender and class distinctions. How does status as a mia farang open new opportunities for Isaan women, threaten the status of local men, and help us understand the very notion of love?
The Isaan Record25/08/2020
The rising number of marriages between Isaan women and Western men has not been lost on the government. Is the concern of the government warranted? Recent research suggests that, far from being victims, these women have shown agency over their own lives and improved the situation of themselves and their families.
The Isaan Record24/08/2020
A series examining the lives of Isaan women who have married Westerners. How has what the “mia farang phenomenon” affected the life trajectory of these women? How have these “good daughters of Isaan” fulfilled their filial duty and changed the lives of their families? How has it challenged traditional gender roles in Isaan society and altered the economy and culture?
The Isaan Record23/08/2020
Activists and civil society groups in the Northeast have launched a campaign to draft a new constitution as youth protesters across the country are calling for democratic change.
The Isaan Record10/08/2020
Activists and civil society groups in Thailand want to replace the military-drafted 2017 constitution with a more democratic charter. Last month, they kicked off an effort to collect public input for a new constitution draft based on the process used in the drafting of the “People’s Constitution” of 1997.
The Isaan Record01/08/2020
Several thousand students staged a protest on July 24 at Ratchada Nuson Park in central Khon Kaen city. Under the slogan, “Isaan is not afraid,” the event was part of a nationwide youth movement calling on the prime minister to dissolve parliament, end harassment of government critics, and draft a new, democratic constitution.
The Isaan Record26/07/2020
In this final part of our series on the tenth anniversary of the political violence of 2010 and its aftermath, we want to capture some of the comments and feedback we received from readers and contributors.
The Isaan Record19/06/2020
Reflecting on the violence in 2010, former National Human Rights Commissioner Niran Phitakwachara calls Thailand’s political system outdated as power is monopolized in the hands of the military and a small elite.