A Cambodian History Lesson

You may well have noticed, since it’s been widely reported in the global media, that some interesting conclusions have been drawn from research into the downfall of the Cambodian empire centred on Angkor Wat. For those of you who missed it, I’ll summarise the findings here. Some fifteen years of…

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Trouble at the Rumour Mill

It’s not that I have a fixation with The Twilight Zone, it’s just that bizarre stories are so common in Cambodia. In this article we expose the vampires of Phnom Penh before revealing the tale of the villagers who consumed a whole airplane. A few weeks ago workers in garment…

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Modern Life Is Rubbish

After steeping myself in classical and traditional Cambodian music for the first few months that I was in the country, I’ve then discovered an amazing genre – the Cambodian rock scene of the late 1960s and early 70s. In the all-too-brief period between Independence from France and the intrusion of…

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Salaam Aleikum

Recently I instructed my World Religions class to go out and do original research which necessitated interviews with a huge cross-section of people. Amongst the wealth of new information the students garnered, I’ll share one more which is of global significance. There is a significant Muslim population in Cambodia known…

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