A group of locals is planning to escalate their longstanding opposition to a limestone mine in Nong Bua Lamphu’s Suwannakhuha District on Friday amid death threats against one of its advisors.
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
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.
The Isaan Record10/09/2020
Europeans retirees have found a new home in an elderly care facility in rural Buriram. The home was established by a local woman and her Swiss husband. [VIDEO]
The Isaan Record09/09/2020
A subdistrict of Udon Thani is home to hundreds of Thai-foreign couples. Our guest reporter Krisada Phonchai talked to two women about how they came to marry Westerners and the challenges of intercultural relationships
The Isaan Record04/09/2020
Banjong Boonkit recalls the time when she worked as a “rented wife” for American soldiers at the US airbase in Udon Thani.
The Isaan Record31/08/2020
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?