An open letter by the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) and the Migrant Working Group (MWG) on the government’s draft Act on Trafficking in Persons Procedure Code.
Saowanee T. Alexander comments on the case of Ubon Ratchathani Red Shirt leader Phichet Thabutda, who was sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Saowanee T. Alexander22/03/2016
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, […]
The Isaan Record16/03/2016
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
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 […]
The Isaan Record11/03/2016
Thailand’s latest draft constitution offers nothing to ethnic minorities and will make the country the most uncivilised one in ASEAN, writes John Draper in this guest op-ed.
The Isaan Record04/03/2016
Since the early 1990s, tens of thousands of Northeastern Thais have left their farms at home to work as agricultural laborers in Israel, often facing exploitation by manpower agencies and employers. Despite a recent push to improve the working conditions of Thai farmworkers in Israel, their situation often remains precarious. GUEST EDITORIAL by Matan Kaminer […]
The Isaan Record15/10/2015
This weekend I went to Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) to attend a community-based ceremony called Gratitude to the Teacher at Ratanawan Monastery. Located on a hilltop amid perennial green forest, it is considered a forest-tradition temple, a sub-category of Theravada Buddhism. This type of tradition is interspersed throughout Isaan — you may be familiar with Luang […]
The Isaan Record01/10/2015
The Isaan Record is happy to announce a new section in the publication: Letters to the Editor. We invite readers to share their thoughts by sending comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that any published letter or comment might be subject to editing for clarity. (We apologize for republishing a Letter to the Editor from […]