The success of Luk Thung Molam music has been credited with making Isaan culture popular all across Thailand. But the genre has also been reflecting the changing lives of Isaan people. “What really shines through is their pride, more than before, in being Isaan-Lao,” says Panis Phosriwangchai who studied popular Isaan music.
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.
“Beer Pretty” is the name commonly given to the women, usually dressed in suggestive, tight skirts, who encourage customers to buy their brand of beer in restaurants throughout Thailand. But who are these women? A peek into the lives of beer pretties shows there’s more to them than just selling beer.