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My mother, the marriage migrant

People looked down on my mother because she used marriage to create a better life for us overseas. What’s so shameful about that?

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New study digs deep to shatter myths about Isaan

A conversation with the people behind a new study by the Asia Foundation on inequality in the Northeast.

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Thailand’s civil union law: Turning dreams into reality?

Thailand could become Southeast Asia’s first country to afford legal status and protection to same-sex couples. But it remains unclear if the next government will pass the proposed civil union law. Meanwhile, the LGBT+ community is split over the new legislation.

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Lao women in Isaan’s karaoke bars: “Men certainly don’t pretend we’re waitresses.”

Under the guise of waitresses in karaoke bars, Lao migrant women continue to work in the sex trade in the Northeast, despite the risk of arrest and deportation.




What lies below should stay below

Fearing an environmental crisis that could end their traditional way of life, a local protest group in Sakon Nakhon is fighting against a Chinese mining project.

“Special but not special”: View of local farmers on Mukdahan’s special economic zone

Local people's demands for development in Mukdahan's Don Tan district are at odds with the development of a special economic zone in the province.

Restore the rights of unfairly criminalized villagers in the Sai Thong National case

Manushya Foundation and the ThaiBusiness & Human Rights Network call on the Thai authorities to drop all charges against the 14 residents of Sab Wai village in the Sai Thong national park case.

How to solve Thailand’s local waste management crisis

An expert view on how to solve local communities' waste management crisis by creating incentives for recycling.

A talk with Thanom Chapakdee, the curator pushing Isaan’s new art movement

Thanom Chapakdee, the curator behind last year’s alternative art festival “Khonkaen Manifesto”, talks about his plan to shake up Thailand’s art scene with a new center that will officially open in Khon Kaen city next year.