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.

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.

Letter to the editor: Response to op-ed on revitalizing Isaan Lao literacy

Dear Editor, I read with interest your recent article by Peera Songkünnatham titled “Let’s revitalize Isaan Lao literacy through translations’ in which he mentioned the Isan Culture maintenance and Revitalization Programme. I would agree that Peera’s aspirations, i.e., the revitalization of Isaan by writing in Isaan and translating global classics into Isaan using Thai phonetics, […]

Let’s revitalize Isaan Lao literacy through translations

Isaan Lao is widely spoken in Thailand, both in and beyond Isaan. But when it comes to reading books, bilingualism has virtually disappeared. A culture of reading that fully incorporates one’s native Lao has been lost — this has to change thinks Peera Songkünnatham

Letter to the editor: Isaan folk stories retold by students in the 1960s

I love the Isaan Record. Fifty years ago (1963-1965), I was a US Peace Corps Volunteer teacher of English as a second language at the then Teachers Training College of Mahasarakham. Although I’ve never been able to go back to Thailand, and especially to Isaan, I long wondered about how that land and its people […]

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