The last scavengers of Khambon

The livelihood of a longstanding scavenger community in Khon Kaen is threatened by an incinerator factory. Meet two of the last remaining scavengers.

Nibhon Khankaew: “Art is no longer the same”

Nibhon Khankaew, one of the brains behind Khon Kaen Manifesto, talks about the reception of last month’s art festival. He counters the widespread belief in Thailand’s art scene that art should be unpolitical.

Isaan Lives: Singing the song of resistance

After two and a half years in prison for performing in a play deemed offensive to the monarchy, Isaan artist Patiwat Saraiyaem struggles with the stigma of being an ex-convict. But the time behind bars also fueled his creative fire.

Isaan migration through the lens of love

Migration has been grabbing global news for years. But the rising migration trend of Isaan women to western countries in the past 15 years has gone largely unnoticed.

Call for community rights as race for resources accelerates

The push for industrial farming, biomass power plants, and the extraction of minerals, gas and oil in the Northeast may carry a high price tag for the environment and local communities, warned speakers at a public forum in Ubon Ratchathani this month.

A call to arms for Isaan literature

In a forum hosted by Sisaket Rajabhat University, Isaan writers young and old have come together with academics to discuss the state of Isaan literature. No longer content to have their cultural narrative voiced by others, they advocate telling the stories of contemporary Isaan through an authentic Isaan voice unfiltered by Bangkok norms.

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