Category Archives: Interviews

The pastor and the monster

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Christopher LaPel’s father was a Brahman priest serving Cambodia’s king in his role as the earthly incarnation of the god Vishnu. Imagine the shock and horror, therefore, when one evening at dinner he saw a cross hanging around his son’s…

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Adjusting to life in Cambodia

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Clarke Illmatical describes his attempts to adjust to live in Cambodia and the way the locals think and behave, and on the way learns how to deal with face, why white girl / localguy relationships are doomed to fail and – closer to home – how he is perceived as a black man in Cambodia. Continue reading

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Remembering keeping_it_riel – an obituary

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The former owner and admin of Khmer440 died suddenly yesterday, aged 49. gavinmac’s portrait of keeping_it_riel remembers a friend (and occasional foe) who had an unforgettable impact on Phnom Penh expat life. Continue reading

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Leak, Bopha and Makara

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Naomi-Collett Ritz spends some quality time with a trio of Phnom Penh sex workers. I met Leak, Bopha, and Makara a few months ago. I ended up at their bar on Street 104 in Phnom Penh one night when I’d…

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Meet Minea the Masseuse

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Naomi Collett Ritz interviews Siem Reap masseuse, Minea, about her time in Thailand as an illegal migrant, being ‘sponsored’ by an Australian sex tourist, and the cheapness of Chinese customers. Minea and I like to watch Californication when she massages…

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‘Wake Up CPP’

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Until last month’s national election, the first rule of Cambodian politics was: don’t talk about Cambodian politics. Khmers are tired of fighting; Cambodians spent the last 35 years recovering from the Khmer Rouge regime while Hun Senand the CPP have…

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Anna Spencer Interviews Khmer Writer Hang Borin

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Hang Borin is a Khmer writer whom I had the great pleasure of meeting recently. He was born in a refugee camp in Thailand in 1987. His mother had made the perilous journey over the border alone with a young…

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Love And Shattered Dreams In SE Asia

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This is the second part of an interview with Bangkok Noir painter Chris Coles whose new exhibition Night Vision is at Meta House, #37 Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh. Noir artist-witness Chris Coles has three pieces of advice for men looking…

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Bangkok’s Sex Industry – A Movie In Paintings

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This is the first part of an interview with Bangkok Noir painter Chris Coles whose new show Night Vision opens at 6pm on Friday at Meta House, #37 Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh. He will give a talk on “German Expressionism…

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K440 Expat Interviews: ‘Horace’

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After stumbling into Cambodia 15 years ago, long-term expat Horace has made the country his home. Marissa Carruthers talks to him about the highs and the lows and how Cambodia has changed over the years. “I much preferred the Cambodia…

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