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.
Somsak Prasansap is one of many who say they were wrongfully convicted for the burning of provincial halls in Isaan in May 2010. Since his release, the 59-year-old is struggling to stitch his life back together.
For over nine years Teerapon Anmai and his academic friends who set up a fund to help the families of political prisoners have been receiving letters from prisoners detailing their hardships and sharing their thoughts.
It’s been over one month since the country was put under a curfew. All except a select few essential occupations are forbidden from venturing outside between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus causing COVID-19. The Isaan Record went out at night to record the atmosphere of an almost abandoned Khon Kaen city.
The Isaan Record09/05/2020
What happened to those persecuted for the burnings of provincial halls in Isaan in May 2010? We talked to Somsak Prasansap whose life fell apart after he was arrested and charged with arson of the Udon Thani provincial hall.
The Isaan Record08/05/2020
The short story “The Northeast” by Isaan writer Tee Anmai links memories of war with the deadly crackdown on protesters in April-May 2010.
In the second part of our series “Remembrances of Red Trauma”, we publish the short story “The room on the 7th floor” by northeastern writer and SEA Write Award nominee Phu Kradat.
For the past six weeks we’ve run a special series, “The Soul of Molam.” We brought you features, photo essays, interviews, and videos about the rich culture of molam and the people who live and breathe it. In this final part, we give space to our readers and some of the people we interviewed to take a look at what the series did well and what it missed out on.
The Isaan Record30/04/2020
What does the future hold for molam music? Five molam artists share their views on the state of the genre. We talked to Nattapon Siangsukon from Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, Boonchuang Denduang, Dao Bandon, Ratri Sriwilai and Phichai Phorahomphui.