Tag Archives: Tim LaRocco

The Muslim Cham in Cambodia

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Would the Cham become more assertive or even more extremist if their population were larger? It is perhaps a moot point when discussing a minority group representing just over 1% of the national population, a demographic reality not likely to change anytime soon. For the moment, Cambodia looks like a beacon of religious tolerance and freedom, the nation’s xenophobia and exophthalmic rage aimed more in the direction of the local Vietnamese community. Continue reading

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The motodop and me: a Cambodian adventure

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Visal is my motodop, providing daily transportation on the back of his motorbike to and from my job because I am too terror-stricken to drive myself in Phnom Penh’s traffic. I pay Visal $60 at the beginning of every month to shuttle me in the morning and back in the afternoon, a rate which works out to $1.50 one way. Visal persuasively explained that it would be better for him to get paid monthly so that he could get work done on his bike. Continue reading

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Cambodia as My ‘New Colossus’

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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,…

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A Remarkable Man

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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…

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Press Freedom and State Violence in Cambodia

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When it comes to seniority on the Cambodian expat circuit, I consider myself still a rookie, several pegs down the totem pole from some of the grizzled veterans who have made their bones in the Kingdom of Wonder over many…

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7 Things You Should Know About Cambodia’s Politics

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Tim LaRocco has put together a primer for those seeking a basic need-to-know understanding of the political situation in Cambodia I recently asked my college students in the Introduction to Political Science course I teach to play word association with…

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“We don’t allow students to cheat here, but…”

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Tim LaRocco examines the for-profit private education sector in Cambodia and finds a system not fit for purpose: “We don’t allow the students to cheat here,” the head teacher of a well-known language school in Phnom Penh explained to me…

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