The Soul of Molam (1) – Isaan’s folk music from state censorship to rising global fame
Molam music has a spellbinding power. For generations, it has shaped the cultural soul of the Lao-speaking people on both banks of the Mekong River and their communities around the world. Often declared a dying breed, it continues to reinvent itself in new modern forms while serving as a source of cultural agency for the young generation.
The Soul of Molam (2) – Inside the molam bus project: The Sound of Isaan’s political molam
A talk with Arthit “Fai” Mulsarn, the manager of the Molam Mobile Bus Project about the challenges of curating a molam exhibition and the political history of the genre.
The Soul of Molam (3) – The dying capital of molam: Maha Sarakham’s molam agencies face their last days
Maha Sarakham was once known as the capital of molam. Dozens of molam agents were once busy taking booking requests from people from all across the region seeking molam troupes for festivals, temple fairs, weddings, and funerals. Today only two molam agencies are left in the city.
Flying blind: What Thailand should learn from its neighbors to fight COVID-19
It may be too late to save Thailand from a severe outbreak of COVID-19 but the experience of other countries in Asia provides some valuable lessons, writes Anthony Kuster. The government should offer free testing without conditions, report new infections immediately and make public the recent travel details of infected people.
#SaveOurFuture: A test for the awakening of Isaan’s students
In wake of the dissolution of the Future Forward Party, student activism networks are emerging all across the Northeast. They want Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down and the military-drafted constitution to be rewritten.
Sulak Sivaraksa: Behind the audience with the King
Sulak Sivaraksa has been charged with royal defamation no less than six times. Speaking to The Isaan Record, he tells the story of his audience with King Rama X, and how it purportedly led to a military court dropping the most recent case against him. He also talks about the need for Thailand to allow its Isaan Lao to celebrate their culture and ethnicity.