Cambodia as My ‘New Colossus’

Tim LaRocco opines on his impending return to Cambodia as an expat I’m a New Yorker born and bred, and thus, a creature of particular routines and habits. I eat the same breakfast everyday (toasted everything bagel with an egg, ham, and cheese), I go to the gym eight days…

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Hunting for low season Ting Mongs

Despite being more eye-catching than spirit houses and weirder than eating duck foetuses (maybe), the Ting Mong has managed to stay a lesser-known aspect of Khmer traditional culture. Ting Mongs are kind of like animist scarecrows, made by villagers in order to ward away bad spirits that can make them…

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A Remarkable Man

Tim LaRocco looks at the NGO industry in Cambodia and finds a remarkable man a world away from the fat salaries, colonial lifestyles and dishonest fundraising that have come to typify the aid sector. I first met Johnny Phillips in March 2012 at a nondescript Khmer eatery on St. 13…

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