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.
The Isaan Record23/06/2019
A conversation with the people behind a new study by the Asia Foundation on inequality in the Northeast.
The Isaan Record12/06/2019
People looked down on my mother because she used marriage to create a better life for us overseas. What’s so shameful about that?
Under the guise of waitresses in karaoke bars, Lao migrant women continue to work in the sex trade in the Northeast, despite the risk of arrest and deportation.
The Isaan Record04/04/2019
Saint Cyr Dimanche became one of Africa’s 2.2 million refugees in 2009. A long journey from his home in Central African Republic led him to the USA and to Isaan in 2018.