Tuesday, 01 September 2015

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Inside Cambodia's Oldest Fine Arts University

A statue of Moni Mekhala, goddess of the seas, and Ream Eyso, storm demon, which is in front of a building in the Royal University of Fine Arts on August 27, 2015. (Pang Chamnan/VOA Khmer)

31 August 2015
General views inside Royal University of Fine Arts, Cambodia’s oldest fine arts college. Stand next to the National Museum in Phnom Penh, the school will soon leave for the outskirts of the Cambodian capital due to a planned expansion of the National Museum. More

From Angkor Guide To Author

Hem Sophoan hopes to help tour guides and the general public about the historic temples.

Fine Arts University Relocation Sparks Concerns

A plan to move Cambodia’s oldest fine arts college is sparking concern among teachers, students and artists.

Video A Writer Returns to Preah Vihear Temple

Preah Vihear temple, which sits on a high cliff near the Thai border, has been the center of confrontation between Cambodia and Thailand for years.

Special Olympic Team Returns To No Fanfare

This is the third time that Cambodia has sent athletes to the Special Olympics, but their success, in Shanghai in 2007 and Athens in 2011, has garnered them little attention.

Video A Writer Returns to Preah Vihear Temple

According to Burgess, Cambodian ancestors shaped the naturally occurring sandstone of the mountains to build the temple—now a Unesco World Heritage Site.

The Struggle to Preserve Indigenous Culture in Mondulkiri

Development worker talks about his efforts to preserve ethnic minority cultures and sow the seeds for sustainable development in the mountainous province.

On Facebook, a Potential Venue for Women’s Rights

A 2015 report by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications says more than 5 million Cambodians have access to the Internet.

Thai TV Dramas Making a Comeback

As with other TV influencers—Korean pop culture among them—Thai programming has brought Thai fashion and style to Cambodia’s youth.

For Many, Alcohol Has Become a ‘Communication’ Tool

It’s a common sentiment these days: that alcohol makes communication not only easier, but better.

Video In France, Cambodian Parents Are Determined To Maintain Their Culture

They live thousands of kilometers away from Cambodia, but that doesn’t keep some Cambodian people from being in touch with their culture. Every Sunday parents drive their children, sometimes for over an hour, to learn classical dance and traditional Cambodian music. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports f

Video In France, Cambodian Parents Are Determined To Maintain Their Culture

Every Sunday parents drive their children, sometimes for over an hour, to learn classical dance and traditional Cambodian music.

Cambodian Music Festival Showcases New and Old Talents

The second annual Cambodian Music Festival will be held at Pearson Park Amphitheater on July 25th in Anaheim, California.

Video Burgess Documents Cambodian-Thai Conflict at Preah Vihear in Newest Book

Preah Vihear temple has been at the center of a border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand for more than a century.

Many Split on Whether Cambodia Should Follow US on Same-Sex Marriage

The discussion has given Cambodia’s LGBT community hope but it has also exposed divisions in the country conservative culture.

Video Burgess Documents Cambodian-Thai Conflict at Preah Vihear in Newest Book

Preah Vihear temple has been at the center of a border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand for more than a century. Built from sandstone a thousand years ago, it was the center of faith and worship during the height of the Khmer Empire.

Author Goes in Search of Cambodia’s Disappearing ‘Magic’

Ryun Patterson, a Chicago-based writer who worked as a journalist in Cambodia, has traveled around the country to document as many magic practitioners as possible.

Exhibit Promotes Awareness of Traditional Instruments

The exhibit offered hands-on experience and history lessons when it was held at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center in Phnom Penh.

Photogallery Collection of Photographs Shows Decades of Cambodian Families

Photographer Charles Fox has assembled 150 images on a website called “Found Cambodia,” which shows a Cambodia before and after the Khmer Rouge.

For Many Youths, Korean Pop Culture Is Still a Hit

Korean fashion, music and reality shows are all a part of Cambodian youth culture, and that has only gotten more pervasive with the spread of the Internet.

Performance of ‘Hamlet’ Premieres in Phnom Penh

Hundreds of Cambodians lined up outside the auditorium of the Royal University of Phnom Penh Wednesday night, awaiting the premiere of “Hamlet.”

Opposition Leader Seeks Muslim Political Support

Speaking to about 100 people at an Iftar dinner to break the Ramadan last Sunday, Sam Rainsy promised Khmer Islam air time on the upcoming opposition TV station.

Painting Exhibition Addresses Desire, Consumption and the Environment

The exhibit called "Consuming Passion", which opened June 25 at the Plantation Hotel, in Phnom Penh, contains a total of 20 paintings.

Photogallery Multimedia Project Documents Cambodia’s Disappearing Magic

This week, the book called "“Vanishing Act: A Glimpse Into Cambodia’s World of Magic” accompanied by a photo exhibit from the research, was on display at an event at the Meta House in Phnom Penh. VOA Khmer's Phorn Bopha reports.

Photogallery Multimedia Project Documents Cambodia’s Disappearing Magic

Cambodian culture is not only Buddhist, but it contains trappings of animism and magic held over from its ancient history.

'Angkor’s Children' Director Stresses the Arts in Recovering Cambodia

'Angkor’s Children' tells the stories of three young Cambodian women, who perform art from different generations in Cambodia’s history.

Video Cambodia Struggling to Curb Child Labor

Earlier this year a United Nations report found 10 percent of Cambodian children aged 7-14 are working – one of the highest rates in the region – and said one in four children in that age bracket are forced to quit school to help their families. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann narrates.

Language Expert Warns Against "Foreignization" Under Globalization

Chan Virak said an increasing number are using English or Chinese. Without a careful policy, there is a danger of “foreignization” of Cambodian values.

Video New Band Wants To Promote Girls and Produce Original Songs

A new band called "TKS" is capturing the attention of Cambodian and international audiences, launching two music videos on Facebook and YouTube.

Photogallery Long-term Project in Ratanakkiri Yields Rare Photo Exhibit

The collection of about 30 photographs is on display through June 16 at the Bophana Center.

Photogallery Long-term Project in Ratanakkiri Yields Rare Photo Exhibit

The collection of about 30 photographs capturing the everyday life of the area's indigenous people are on display through June 16 at the Bophana Center.

Photogallery Cambodian King Granted ‘Virtuous’ Buddhist Title

Speaking at the ceremony, King Norodom Sihamoni called Buddhism “the perfect road for us to live by,” providing “a peaceful mind, happiness, peace and prosperity.”

Photogallery Royal Parade for King Norodom Sihamoni Honorary Title

Royal parade with the framed certificate of honorary title "Preah Sri Loka Dhammika Raja" for Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni on June 3rd 2015.

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Ona 2015 Infopage Stylesheet

In ‘Pamina Devi,’ a Parable, and the Search To ‘Build Happiness’

“Pamina Devi,” a Cambodian interpretation of Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” is an original re-telling of a story about a princess caught between her warring parents.

Video Cambodia's Circus School: Vaulting Young Performers to a Better Life

Joining the circus is a staple for young dreamers around the world and in Cambodia too, where the skills some youngsters learn can turn their lives around. VOA Khmer's Sreng Leakhena narrates.

Video Cambodian Circus Gives Hope to Starving Artists

Phare Ponleu Selpak is an NGO school, that was founded in 1994 by nine young men who were refugees during Khmer Rouge, and has helped hundreds of vulnerable Cambodian children and adults from poverty.

Groundbreaking Ballet Comes to Cambodian Stage

“Pamina Devi,” inspired by Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” is the story of feuding between a queen and a king, and the princess caught between them.

Cambodian Artist’s Unique Work Captivates Worldview of Resilience

The flexibility of Ali’s artwork about Cambodia’s history of violence, erasure, and resilience can be universally understood, Evans recently told VOA Khmer.

For Many, Cambodian Rock Brings Sense of Pride

Cambodian audience members said they found the film touching, reminding them of Cambodia before the war and the Khmer Rouge. Some said the film made them feel proud to be Cambodian.

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Australia Says Deal to Send More Refugees to Cambodia Still Oni
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31 August 2015
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday denied a refugee deal with Cambodia had collapsed after Cambodian officials said Cambodian did not intend to accept any more refugees from a South Pacific detention centre under an agreement. Australia and Cambodia agreed last September that some refugees from Nauru would be resettled in Cambodia in exchange for Australian aid, but only four have arrived since then. Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak told Reuters that they "have no plans to receive more refugees from Nauru." Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop denied the deal had collapsed. Pin Sisovann, VOA Khmer.

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