180 years ago after Siam (Thai) ransacked Vientiane, took its people
and settled them in Korat, imprisoned their king in Kroungtheb
(BangKok). Siam used Lao people to build temples, canal, palaces and
many Siam official building around Kroungtheb. They practically are
Siam slave; some of them are starved to death during this period. Their
King Chao Anou has been working as slave among his people. He was very
strong and he was very charismatic, Siam was suspicious that one day
Chao Anou will rise against their power and put him in jail, Chao Anou
died of starvation.
A vast territory, from Khonkain to Ubon and its people around 16-18m
are now called Lao Isan.
Thai government rewrite history book and deny that 1826 holocaust in
Vientiane had happened, Thai government keep Phra Keo and returned only
Prabang to Lao people.
Isan people are the poorest people among Thai ethnic, few Isan people
have a degree from university, and they are bared from working in some
sensitive post in the government. Thai government banned people chewing
betel nut, they destroy all betel nut tree in Korat and another part of
Isan is undeveloped compared with another part of Thailand, high
unemployment, each year when the rice season is over around 2-3m Isan
people migrate to Bangkok looking for work in the factories, shop, some
are Tuk Tuk and Taxi drivers. They are considered as second class among
Thai people and have very low wages. Further more some young girls from
Isan are sold for prostitution, 75% of them have been infected with
From the past many writers, poet or some intellectual who talk about
the origin of Isan people have been assassinated or disappeared with
Local government official in Isan are from the south, they act as a
depression element for central government.
Isan people are fighting for their identity, right to be equal among
other ethnic and to preserve Isan culture and the right to be Isan
The fight is just begun!!!!
Isan will rise again