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Chin Meas – Monk, Noodle Man & Revered Poet

Chin Meas – Monk, Noodle Man & Revered Poet

Thanks to my fellow poet YENG Chheangly, I have learned to admire CHIN Meas. I invited him to our Khmer Literature Festival in 2017 and he has returned for the following years. Both his life and his personhood deserve our attention. Many of his...

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in pictures – Cambodia through your eyes

in pictures – Cambodia through your eyes

Photograph by Bunnawath ChhunIn Pictures Magical Cambodia is collecting original photographs taken by Khmers, ex-pats, and visitors from around the world. We know you have your favorite photographs of Cambodia's life and landscapes that speak to...

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Reflections on Chef Nav by Sokunthea Oum

Reflections on Chef Nav by Sokunthea Oum

Chef Nak, whose real name is Rotanak Ros, has become an essential ambassador of culture from Cambodia.  Nak is a self-taught chef and entrepreneur who energetically is resurrecting Khmer food and introducing its glory to the rest of the world....

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I see you & Khmer Dogs – Poems by Yeng Chheangly

I see you & Khmer Dogs – Poems by Yeng Chheangly

I see you   You’re a soldier                                     ​ A wanderer and a beggar You beg at bus stations and in the market                          By clasping your palms together. Young people like me ask                                 ...

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Experiments in video Poetry – Yeng Chheangly

Experiments in video Poetry – Yeng Chheangly

Mekong River speak out her grief to villagers. Created from the inspiration of documenting the images of Tommyo Costa Ito.    នេះគឺជាវីដេអូនកំណាព្យទីបីហើយ ដែលខ្ញុំ បានរៀនផលិត។ លើកនេះ ខ្ញុំបានដកស្រងយកច្បាប់ប្រុសដោយបណ្ឌិត ម៉ឺង ម៉ៃ មកបង្ហាញ...

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This Body Mystery – By Chath pierSath

This Body Mystery – By Chath pierSath

This Body Mystery - Painting and poem by Chath pierSath Briefcase Owner Combination lock regrets and memories Buried over the years.   Stored in pockets pictures of his wife and children – A resume of a border camp a diary to forget.   He...

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Sharing my Intact Soul

Sharing my Intact Soul

As a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide and having benefited from growing up in the US, I feel it’s my life mission to share my experience and learning with everyone around me and those back in my home country. -  Sokunthea Oum Seeking Answers...

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Why Should a Social Worker Become a Writer?

Why Should a Social Worker Become a Writer?

Some people are genuinely curious while some others mockingly ask ‘You studied social work. Why did you become a writer? ‘Well, maybe I want to contribute to a social issue I’ve observed?’, I toss back. Yet the questions haunted me. Why do I write?...

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Van Chhovorn – The Enduring Man Etching his Life into Art

Van Chhovorn – The Enduring Man Etching his Life into Art

There are times one is drawn to an artist for reasons that seem difficult to articulate but rumble inside you like an ancient memory resurfacing. Such it is with my relationship with Van Chhovorn and his sculptures and paintings. Holding a wood carving of his in my hands emits feelings far beyond their sight, touch or smell. The wood quietly whispers to me of a life, a family, and a culture that I may witness but never quite know. To many, this will sound hackneyed but to me, it is the gift that art sometimes offers.

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Women Hitting the Road – NomadiX Tour

Women Hitting the Road – NomadiX Tour

Marina Bopha's Ambitious New Project It's a determined project born out of the desire to bring art awareness to local people and students in the remote areas of Cambodia.  NomadiX Tour 2020 is designed to closely engage local communities in the...

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Words Sprouting Lives – Poetry from Writing Through

Words Sprouting Lives – Poetry from Writing Through

Poetry builds fresh connections between the old and the new, and between the familiar and the unconventional. It is a sublime voice of the personality of the human being who makes the poem, and of those who read it with appreciation. Like all art, it is a form of experience. Seldom are these experiences generated in schools or homes across the world’s landscapes. In Cambodia, these experiences rarely exist.

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Medha – The Women Who Broke the Taboo

Medha – The Women Who Broke the Taboo

Meet the bold women drummers in Cambodia. It was taboo for a woman to touch a drum in Cambodia. Medha turned history into herstory.

Music is a life force behind the human experience. It emerges out of culture and in turn, it can shape and influence culture. Its power can be used towards emancipation – or as a destructive tool for domination. Power is omnipresent.

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Touch Khchao – The Buddha Mind in Battambang

Touch Khchao – The Buddha Mind in Battambang

Cambodian art: The Buddha Mind in Battambang She sits nimbly on the floor, robed in blue, her color of choice for the last several years.  Khchao Touch is an artist in Battambang and she and her husband, Darren Swallow, have been deeply entwined in...

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Epic Arts – Changing Lives with the Arts

Epic Arts – Changing Lives with the Arts

Cambodian art (Epic Arts Cafe): Come Back Brighter celebrates Cambodia’s arts scene and narrates the country’s journey from the swinging sixties to the present day through the use of dance and archive footage.  Phnom Penh Post heralded it as...

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One Eleven Gallery – Cambodia Images Gallery

One Eleven Gallery – Cambodia Images Gallery

How I failed to make the connection between Siem Reap's One Eleven Gallery and the 111 Mina Gallery in San Francisco bewilders me, especially since I have spent many delightful nights over the last two decades in the San Francisco gallery.  I tried...

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Bangsokol – A Requiem for Cambodia

Bangsokol – A Requiem for Cambodia

Cambodia Art: BANGSOKOL Two beloved Khmers and survivors of the Khmer Rouge—composer Him Sophy and filmmaker Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture)—create a musical ritual to return dignity to Cambodia's dead from the genocide. Combining traditional...

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Street Art In Battambang

Street Art In Battambang

Battambang: Birthplace of Art in Cambodia Battambang is known for being the birthplace of much of the art in Cambodia, largely as a result of Phare Ponleu Selpak or 'The Brightness of the Arts' School and S'Art Urban Art Festival.  During the Khmer...

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The Bold Women on Men’s Road – New Cambodian Artists

The Bold Women on Men’s Road – New Cambodian Artists

Cambodia Art & Dance: New Cambodian Artists
It is impossible for me to be objective in writing about the New Cambodian Artists – so I will not even try to hide my deep admiration for this female dance company in Siem Reap. Having seen hundreds of dance performances in my lifetime, these women strike me as the boldest and most intriguing I am ever encountered.

Their stories are not unlike those they share with so many others in Cambodia. They have intimately known poverty, exclusion from their families and friends for their choices to be artists, ridicule for not fulfilling traditional women’s roles, and stigmatization from the Aspara authorities for their right to dance without adhering to traditional forms.

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The Powerful Impact of Phare

The Powerful Impact of Phare

Cambodia Art: The Spider Web of Phare If you have thought about visiting Cambodia, chances are you have heard about the celebrated Phare Circus. Stay in Cambodia for a while and chances are you will continually meet people who are connected to...

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