The Good Daughters of Isaan (3) – Marriage to a Western man, an act of empowerment for Isaan women?

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 Record

25/08/2020

The Good Daughters of Isaan (1) – Introduction to the series

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 Record

23/08/2020
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