Barred from returning to the US, photographer Chris Beale found himself in Khon Kaen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a look into what the city looked like during the shutdown.
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 Record05/18/2020
Business owners in Khon Kaen City worry about their livelihoods as the COVID-19 outbreak is disrupting the local economy.
The Isaan Record03/26/2020
Khon Kaen youth are taking to social media to lambast former Future Forward Party MP Thitinan Saengnak for switching allegiances from the opposition to the government. Party officials remind Thitinan that his votes came from the appeal of party policies.
The Isaan Record02/25/2020
As the government is planning to build 29 new sugar mills, each equipped with a power plant, in Isaan before 2024, communities are responding, fearful that the projects will impact local livelihoods and the environment.
The Isaan Record09/25/2019
A new political party seeks to change almost everything about Thai politics, starting with how public policy is formed. But a legal hurdle could trip them up before they reach the starting line of the electoral race.
The Isaan Record08/04/2018
Activists of the “People GO Network” are close to completing their march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen in protest against the military government.
The Isaan Record02/14/2018
Floodwaters have receded from two communities in Khon Kaen. Having lost their rice harvest this season, many farmers are awaiting compensation from the government, worried they will be unable to pay off their agricultural loans. As community members return to their daily lives, many are calling for better dam management.
The Isaan Record12/08/2017
Two communities in Khon Kaen struggle with this year’s flooding. Donations have come in from private organizations and companies, yet many needs remain unaddressed.