Thursday, 02 October 2014

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In Sweden, Laws on Gay Rights Have Changed Faster Than Attitudes

In Sweden, Laws on Gay Rights Have Changed Faster Than Attitudes

30 September 2014
VOA Khmer’s Say Mony recently visited Sweden, where gay marriage has been legal since 2009. In Stockholm, he finds, the struggle is much the same, but increasingly people are coming out to demand equal rights. Reporting with the support of the Swedish Institute. More

Monks Arrested for Serious Crimes During Spiritual Holiday

Two monks and four laymen were arrested at a pagoda in Siem Reap province over the holiday, accused of drinking alcohol and using drugs.

Video Now a Successful Fair-Trade Business Is Making Luxury Fabric From the Lotus' Stems

Lotus flowers are a symbol of divinity and purity in many Asian countries, and the plants grow wild in many parts of Cambodia. Now lotus' stems are made into luxury fabric. AP has this report from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

In Gay-Friendly Stockholm, Old Stigmas Remain

To open more minds, Sweden has Pride parades every year, drawing tens of thousands of participants.

Researcher Describes Khmer Rouge Atrocities Against Cham Muslims

Both leaders on trial will face charges related to the treatment of the Chams, as well as Vietnamese, when their trial begins in full later this year.

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

For Chanthy Sok, rap infused with Cambodian melodies is a way to pay respect to the survivors of the victims of Khmer Rouge genocide.

Video Banteay Chhmar Restoration Project Underway

Cambodia's «Second Angkor Wat» at Banteay Chhmar is slowing returning to life after eight centuries of isolated slumber. A British archaeologist has put together a team if workers and experts who are rebuilding the ancient temples stone by stone. (AP, Phnom Penh)

Protesters Again Demand Vietnamese Apology Over Kampuchea Krom

Many Cambodians remain angered that the area, called Kampuchea Krom, or Lower Cambodia, in Khmer, was partitioned to Vietnam by the French in 1949.

Remains of King Enshrined in Silver Pagoda

Norodom Sihanouk, a major political figure beloved by many Cambodians, died in October 2012.

Video Cambodian Metalwork in Good Business for Tourists' Souvenirs

សិប្បកម្ម​ជាងទង​ប្រពៃណី​ខ្មែរ​ស្ទើរតែ​សាបសូន្យ​ក្នុង​របប​ខ្មែរក្រហម​នៅចុង​ទស​វត្សរ៍​១៩៧០​ តែ​សព្វថ្ងៃ​នេះ​ សិប្បកម្មនេះ​មាន​ជីវិត​រស់រវើក​ឡើង​វិញ។

Villagers Accuse Mondolkiri Company of Major Deforestation

Adhoc says at least 110 forestry activists are currently under threat, through lawsuit, violence or arrest, in the province.

Musician Has Supported Cambodian Arts for Decades

The school teaches traditional dance, Pin Peat music, and Mahori music, and Yike, taught by skillful professors from the Royal University of Fine Arts.

Video DC United Academy Coach Teaches Soccer Basics

The World Cup has begun and the globe's football fans have their attention on Brazil. Here in Washington DC, the coach of the top professional team, DC United, recently provided tips on how to play the world's most popular sport. English audio with Khmer-text subtitles. Please watch and read along.

Video Protocol on Sexual Violence in War Launched at London Summit

A conference in London - organized in part by actress Angelina Jolie - has launched a new international protocol on investigating sexual violence in war.

Casino Expansion Next To Buddhist Institute Irks Some

Lao Mong Hay said the casino expansion not only hurts the institution’s physical building, but it is harmful to what the building represents.

Women Minorities Call Land Development a Major Threat

A group of 20 women from various indigenous groups from across the country met in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, calling economic land concessions the top threat to their way of life.

Ceremony Marks Loss of ‘Lower Cambodia’ to Vietnam

The delta was once part of Cambodia, but it was partitioned to Vietnam by the French at the end of their Indochinese colonization in 1949.

Video Three Statues Repatriated in Phnom Penh Ceremony

Three statues looted from Cambodia over the last 40 years were returned to Phnom Penh in an official ceremony Tuesday.

Photogallery Three Statues Repatriated in Phnom Penh Ceremony

Three major statues looted from Cambodia during its civil war were returned to Phnom Penh in an official ceremony Tuesday.

High Rate of Khmer Rouge Sexual Violence Among Ethnic Minorities

The survey, conducted by the Cambodian Defenders Project, found that some 60 percent of 105 surveyed respondents experienced some form of sexual violence under the Khmer Rouge.

Video Success in US Possible, Former Ambassador Says

At the close of National Asia Pacific Heritage Month, Sichan Siv, a Cambodian and former US ambassador to the UN, says cultural assimilation had been the key to his success in the United States.

Video Few Khmer Architectures Remained Are At Risk of Demolition

Khmer architecture was uniquely Cambodia style of modern architecture developed in the 1950s and 1960s. The New Khmer Architecture movement began with independence from France in 1953.

Cambodian Minorities Join Meetings at UN Headquarters in New York

A group representing Cambodia’s indigenous communities traveled to New York this week, meeting with UN officials and other minority groups from 70 countries.

Video Cambodian Orphans 'Strive' in Performing Arts Documentary

"Still I Strive" is a documentary about children at a unique orphanage in Phnom Penh who possess strong artistic skills and aspire to perform for the royal family. Director Adam Pfleghaar is in Washington, DC for the screening of the documentary which premiered at the Busan Film Festival in 2012.

Video Cabinet Minister Wants More Antiquities Returned to Cambodia

After touring the Metropolitan Museum in New York on Thursday, Cambodian Cabinet Minister Sok An expressed hope that some of the artifacts originally from Cambodia, but not on loan, will be returned to their rightful owners one day.

Two Ancient Statues Returned to Cambodia

Cambodia has officially received two 10th Century artifacts looted from the country more than four decades ago.

Video Cambodian Orphans 'Strive' in Performing Arts Documentary

"Still I Strive" is a documentary about children at a unique orphanage in Phnom Penh who possess strong artistic skills and aspire to perform for the royal family. Director Adam Pfleghaar says the orphans are able to use the performing arts to instill hope and motivation in their lives.

At Virginia Arts Festival, Reconnection to the Past

Members of the Cambodian American Heritage Association held an art performance on Saturday in Arlington, Virginia, in celebration of the Khmer New Year.

Video Hindu, Buddhist Works from Ancient Southeast Asia on View in New York

An exhibit of Hindu and Buddhist sculptural works from first-millennium Southeast Asia opened on April 14 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. VOA's Carolyn Weaver has this report on the "Lost Kingdoms" exhibit.

Video At Virginia Arts Festival, Reconnection to the Past

Members of the Cambodian American Heritage Association held an art performance on Saturday in Arlington, Virginia, in celebration of the Khmer New Year. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann has the report.

Video Cambodia's Angkor Wat Joins Google's List of Online Tourist Sites

Cambodian's ancient Angkor Wat has become the latest historical site to be digitally mapped by Google for armchair tourists to visit online.

As New Year Holiday Ends, Many Factories Stay Closed

Union leaders say many workers are staying home in a quiet strike, rather than demonstrating, as they continue to push for a raise in the minimum wage to $160 per month.

Less Rain, More Bugs Predicted for Year of the Horse

Cambodians have deep traditions steeped in animism, astrology and folktales, and many take such predictions very seriously, especially at the onset of a new year.

Video Early Hindu, Buddhist Works on View in New York

Five years in the making, “Lost Kingdoms” shows works from the 5th to the 8th century, an era when Hinduism and Buddhism took root in Southeast Asia.

Video Ancient Sculptures From Myanmar on Display in New York

For the first time ever, ancient sculptures from Myanmar are on diplay outside of the once-repressed country. The art is part of an exhibition called "Lost Kingdoms" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Virtual Google Tours of Angkor Wat Comes Online

Street View users can now visit 100 temples and sculptures around Angkor Wat, via a 360-degree perspective.

New Film Depicts Bygone Age of Cambodian Rock

“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” took a decade to make, but Pirozzi said preservation of Cambodian rock music made details in the film very important.

Video Cambodian Filmmakers Show Well at Short Film Festival

Cambodian filmmakers grabbed the top two spots of the Tropfest South East Asia in January. The black-and-white silent film, "Rice," by Sothea Ines, won first place. Sothea Ines spoke to Im Sothearith of VOA Khmer by Skype from Phnom Penh.

Video Oscars Overview and Cambodian Americans Find Healing Through Oscar-Nominated Film

Almost 40 years after the communist Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and embarked on a four-year reign of terror and genocide, many of those who survived are finally able to talk about it. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian community outside Cambodia.

Video VOA Khmer SAPADA 13 March 2014 «វ៉ាស៊ីនតោន​សប្តាហ៍នេះ»

កម្មវិធីក្នុងសប្តាហ៍នេះមាន​ព័ត៌មាន​អំពី ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​អាមេរិកកាំង​ខ្លះ បន្ថយ​ភាពភ័យ​រន្ធត់​ដែល​ពួកគេ​បាន​ទទួល​នៅ​ក្នុង​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម តាម​រយៈ​ការមើល​ភាពយន្ត​រឿង​«កង្វះ​រូបភាព»។ ការបង្រៀន​គ្រាម​ភាសា​អង់គ្លេស​បែប​អាមេរិកាំង គឺ​ឃ្លា​ «see eye to eye» និង​បញ្ចប់​ដោយ​ឈុត​ខ្លះនៃ​​រឿង​ «Need for Speed»៕

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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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Rock the Boat (Movie: 500 Days of Summer)i
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29 September 2014
You can say, "Things are going really well between the two of you - he's happy and you're happy, so why 'rock the boat'?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Rock the Boat (Movie: 500 Days of Summer)

You can say, "Things are going really well between the two of you - he's happy and you're happy, so why 'rock the boat'?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Get Over It (Movie: Shutter Island)

You can say, "No family is perfect, we argue, we fight. So that fight you had with your cousin last year - 'get over it'." What does it mean? Watch here.
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Video Make It Two (Movie: A Walk to Remember)

You can say, "Make it two, please!" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori or www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Ballpark Figure (Movie: Music and Lyrics)

You can say, "I'm going to throw a pool party this weekend, so can you give me a 'ballpark figure' of how many people are going to come?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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