In this final part of our series on the mia farang phenomenon in Isaan, we capture some of the comments and feedback we received from Thai and foreign readers. Themes raised by our readers included attitudes towards Isaan women and men, and questions about equality, social mobility, racism and the position of Isaan within the Thai state.
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.
How to satisfy your craving for some fried rice-field frogs in the UK or feed your relatives in Thailand seasonal red ants eggs when you’re thousands of miles away? Through online communities, Thai women living abroad have found creative ways to still their hunger for a taste of home and take care for their families back in Thailand through food deliveries.
The conventional view of Thai-Western relationships is older Western men meeting their future partner, often a single mother, at a tourist venue, getting married, and then moving to the man’s home country or settling down in Thailand. But online dating apps also see a new phenomenon emerging: younger Thai women connecting up with younger Westerners. Guest contributor Kate Santaliz takes a look.
The Isaan Record16/09/2020
Hannah and Bae, an Isaan-American couple, tell the story of how their families and friends reacted to their relationship. [VIDEO]
Jack and Float are bicultural kids in rural Udon Thani who have been bullied in school for being different. A new curriculum is now being developed to teach cultural diversity and end the problem of bullying in school.
Bicultural children in Isaan often face bullying in school for looking different than their peers. Thichanon Chumwaengwapi, a teacher at a local school in Udon Thani’s Phen district, is developing a curriculum to teach respect for cultural diversity.
When Lanee Phaengthaisong married a Swiss man and moved to Switzerland, she never thought they would one day return to her home in rural Buriram to run an elderly home for retired Europeans.
The Isaan Record10/09/2020
Europeans retirees have found a new home in an elderly care facility in rural Buriram. The home was established by a local woman and her Swiss husband. [VIDEO]