The economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been disproportionally affecting female service workers. In addressing the crisis, policymakers need to take gender questions into account argues sociologist Patcharin Lapanun from Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Phaiwan Chala lost his job as a truck driver. When he couldn’t pay the rent for his room in Bangkok anymore, he became homeless.
The Isaan Record18/05/2020
The exodus of Isaan people fleeing the COVID-19 outbreak in Bangkok was, in part, a result of government incompetence. It is not justified that they are now bearing the stigma of “super spreaders.” It also begs the question: “Why don’t these people take jobs in their home provinces?” asks Pattawee Chotanont.
It is estimated that at least 6.5 million people across Thailand will be out of work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For landless farmers like Suwalee Phongam from Sab Wai village in Chaiyaphum, the crisis only adds hardship to a life already hanging in the balance.
The Isaan Record14/04/2020
Readers in Isaan share their stories of how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected their lives.