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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.

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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.

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Martin Wheeler, the simple life that slipped away

Living the life of a farmer in rural Isaan, Martin Wheeler became the poster child for organic agriculture and the sufficiency economy model. But much of the attention, Wheeler says, was misdirected. His farm which once grew rice and vegetables is now filled with sugarcane and grown with chemical fertilizer.




Pheu Chat Party rally draws thousands, a homecoming for many in Khon Kaen

For the first time since the 2014 military overthrow of the government they had helped to vote into power, followers of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), or the Red Shirts, gathered to call for democracy and show support for the Pheu Chat Party.

Isaan under Siamese colonization: Eradicating the Tai Noi script

Lao groups in the Northeast once used the Tai Noi script. But Siam's national integration project imposed Central Thai as the only official language in the region.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Bursting bubbles, awaiting a dark future

In a conversation with Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the filmmaker talks about his contribution to the film Ten Years Thailand, a new documentary project, the changing art scene and his concerns for Thailand’s political future.

On Thailand’s 2019 election: The Isaan Red Shirts have returned, but where is Godot?

Many in Thai society have been waiting for an election which, like Godot, never seems to arrive. The military junta has scheduled the election many times, only to delay it again and again. Yesterday, it was made official: Elections have been called for 24 March. Will Godot finally arrive?

First-time voters in Khon Kaen join protest against another election delay

About 40 protesters, many of them first-time voters, chanted pro-elections slogans, waved placards, and performed political songs in a protest to demand no further delay of the national elections in Khon Kaen on Wednesday.