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.

Making of mo lam

Cross dressing, spiritual transcendence, and fist fights are all possible components of mo lam. But on a particular night in April 2019, it was all about paying respect to the spirit of a women who passed five years ago.

Rasi Salai Dam violates people’s cultural rights

More than two decades after a lush wetland forest disappeared into a man-made reservoir, the people of Rasi Salai still feel ripples. Having lost their traditional livelihoods to the dam, they are determined not to let it swallow up their cultural traditions as well.

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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