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.
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
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]
The Isaan Record09/09/2020
A subdistrict in Udon Thani has become home to hundreds of Isaan-foreign couples, both legacy of the Vietnam War and a result of the efforts of a local matchmaker.
A subdistrict of Udon Thani is home to hundreds of Thai-foreign couples. Our guest reporter Krisada Phonchai talked to two women about how they came to marry Westerners and the challenges of intercultural relationships
The Isaan Record04/09/2020
Banjong Boonkit recalls the time when she worked as a “rented wife” for American soldiers at the US airbase in Udon Thani.