Molam music has a spellbinding power. For generations, it has shaped the cultural soul of the Lao-speaking people on both banks of the Mekong River and their communities around the world. Often declared a dying breed, it continues to reinvent itself in new modern forms while serving as a source of cultural agency for the young generation.
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.
The Isaan Record13/09/2018
What does is mean to be championing the revindication of Lao ethnicity when one is not in fact Lao, asks Peera Songkünnatham in this personal essay on identity and belonging.
White-passing Thais seem to only count as Thai in the eyes of society when they can “out-Thai the Thais.”
How Isaan men navigate the pitfalls of Thainess in the television show The Face Men Thailand.
A young American-Teochew college student travels to Thailand to learn more about its Thai-Teochew people and history, only to develop her relationship with her own Teochew identity along the way.
The Isaan Record16/05/2017
Peera Songkünnatham explores perceptions of Isaan cuisine as “unclean” and foreigners’ food preferences through a dialogue with their significant other, interspersed with public health posters in a cancer hospital.