Linguist Saowanee T. Alexander talks about the evolution of the term “red buffaloes” that had been used pejoratively to describe Red Shirts and supporters of the Pheu Thai Party. But in recent years, pro-democracy activists have reclaimed the slur, partly shifting its derogatory usage.
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.
Molam artist Patipan Luecha performs the protest song “March to oust dictatorship” at a student protest at Khon Kaen University in February.[VIDEO]
The Isaan Record06/04/2020
The life of Molam Bank or Patiwat Saraiyaem took a dark turn in 2014 when he was convicted of royal defamation for a role he performed in a theater play. He spent two and a half years in prison. But the time behind bars did not stifle his talent for political molam songs.
The Isaan Record29/03/2020
Amid calls for snap elections and the drafting of a new constitution, protesters gathered at Khon Kaen University (KKU) on Saturday evening. It was the second time that students and members of the public came out to protest following the dissolution of a major opposition party last month.
The Isaan Record16/03/2020
In wake of the dissolution of the Future Forward Party, student activism networks are emerging all across the Northeast. They want Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down and the military-drafted constitution to be rewritten.
“The student protests movements are happening on behalf of the people of Isaan, too,” writes Chainarong Setchua, a lecturer at Maha Sarakham University. He analyses the student protests that sprang up throughout Isaan in the wake of the Future Forward Party’s dissolution.
A wave of protests by university students and young activists is sweeping across the Northeast in reaction to the dissolution of the Future Forward Party.
The Isaan Record27/02/2020
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.