Thailand’s female marriage migrants often shoulder a double burden as unpaid caregivers for their families and paid workers in the care sector of their destination countries. Academic Patcharin Lapanun takes a look at the complex links of transnational marriages, migration and global care work.
When Thai women who live abroad with their foreign husbands face problems, to whom do they turn for help? The “Thai Daughter-in-Law and Farang Son-in-Law Clinic” was set up by the government to provide such services. But there’s one problem: hardly anyone has used it.
The Isaan Record14/09/2020
Anthropologist Sine Plambech argues against the common perception of Isaan migrant women as victims or “gold diggers”.
Sommai Khamsingnok, main subject of the documentary “Heartbound – A Different Kind of Love Story”, shares her views on what is driving Isaan women to marry foreigners and move abroad.
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
Realframe photographer Visarut Sankham follows Isaan performers in Chinese operas in Bangkok.
Filmed over ten years, a remarkable documentary offers a fresh and nuanced view on transnational marriages as it chronicles the lives of Isaan women who married Danish men and moved abroad.
The Isaan Record10/12/2019
South Asians of diverse backgrounds are making unique impacts on the city’s cultural landscape and changing local perceptions through daily interactions.