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.
Voices from Isaan: Boost incomes and improve education, voters say
What policies matter most to voters in Isaan? What parties will they choose to represent their interests? People share their thoughts on the upcoming election on March 24, the first polls since the military suspended democratic rule in 2014.
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.
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.