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New Year Holiday Brought Millions of Dollars to Siem Reap, Officials Say

Dancers holding umbrellas in Siem Reap during the Khmer New Year celebration.

21 April 2015
The three-day event ran last week, from Tuesday to Thursday, and included a concert, traditional Cambodian games, art shows, product fairs and dances. More

Author Looks at Forced Labor in Cambodia’s Sex and Garment Industries

In Cambodia, there are few employment options for women, except in two industries: garment manufacturing and sex work.

Video Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 5

In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey, Tea Lim Koun discusses his filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s and what it meant to leave it behind.

Video Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 4

In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey, Tea Lim Koun discusses his filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s and what it meant to leave it behind.

Video Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 3

In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey, Tea Lim Koun discusses his filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s and what it meant to leave it behind.

Video Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 2

During the time the Khmer Rouge was in power, from April 17, 1975, to Jan. 7, 1979, more than 1.7 million Cambodians perished. The Khmer Rouge especially targeted intellectuals and artists for execution, as they sought to create an agrarian ideal. In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reas

Video Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 1

During the time the Khmer Rouge was in power, from April 17, 1975, to Jan. 7, 1979, more than 1.7 million Cambodians perished. The Khmer Rouge especially targeted intellectuals and artists for execution, as they sought to create an agrarian ideal. In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reas

Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover

In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer, Tea Lim Koun discusses his filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s and what it meant to leave it behind.

Photogallery Cambodians Celebrate Year of the Goat

The Khmer New Year is under way. Many people have left the bustling capital to see family in the Cambodian countryside, but in Phnom Penh, markets were busy Tuesday, as people bought fruits, banana trees and flower decorations to ring in the Year of the Goat.

Photogallery Enter, the Year of the Goat

In Cambodian tradition, the new year is brought by a spirit called a tevada - this year’s tevada is named Reaka Jak Sak Devy.

Photogallery In US, Cambodians Ring in the Year of the Goat

In the US, many Cambodians say the Khmer New Year is a way to keep their traditions alive.

Video Neighboring Countries Interested in Booming Tourism in Siem Reap

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong held talks with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi and Myanmar's Vice President U Nyan Tun.

Photogallery Smooth Road Means More Tourism for Remote Province

Mondulkiri province is known as a good place to trek, where wildlife and waterfalls make for good scenery, amid forested mountains of red clay, and where indigenous hill tribes still live a traditional way of life.

Photogallery U.S. First Lady Encourages School Girls in Siem Reap, Visits Angkor

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is in Cambodia's famed Ankor Wat temple where she spoke Saturday at a Peace Corps training event and also met with a group of girls at a school on the outskirts of Siem Reap. The visit is part of a two-nation trip meant to highlight a new global women's education initiative.

Video First Lady Michelle Obama Begins Cambodia Tour

First Lady Michelle Obama arrived Friday in Cambodia for a three-day visit to promote girls’ education.

Video U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama Arrived in Siem Reap

US First Lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Friday night, as part of her two-nation Asian trip to promote education for girls. VOA Khmer reports.

Video A Land Victim Lost Land And Leg

Indigenous communities in Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life.

First Lady’s Visit Could Inspire Attitude Change, Lawmaker Says

In Cambodia, girls face poverty, corruption and traditions that keep them at home or de-prioritize learning, especially compared to boys.

Major Cambodian ‘Magic Flute’ Opera in the Works

“The Magic Flute” will be a unique operatic performance, held in 2017 at the Chau Say Tevoda temple in Siem Reap.

Despite Law, Domestic Violence Remains a Major Problem

Domestic violence remains a prevalent problem in post-war Cambodia, with more than 20 percent of men reportedly committing physical violence against women, according to the rights group Licadho.

Video Ancient Cambodians Used Jars to Keep the Remains of the Dead

Around 600 years ago, the people living in the remote Cardamom Mountains in southern Cambodia placed the bones of their dead in large jars on steep ledges hidden deep in the jungle.

Photogallery Restive Pagoda Has Long Been a Thorn in Government’s Side

The pagoda houses monks from the restive minority community of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, an ethnic group that lives in today’s Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, who claim abuse at the hands of Vietnamese authorities.

Photogallery Photographer Captures Cambodia’s Rapid Changes

Axelrod says the building boom during the past seven years has not benefited all segments of society, especially those from poor communities often evicted from desired real estate.

North Korean Disabled Teens Take Rare Performance Tour to Europe

The students aged between 11 and 20 will be performing “Arirang,” a well-known Korean folk song and the music of a musical “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Unclaimed Urns Moved To Shelves, Search for Families Continues

Some 500 urns are now listed, with dates from 1970 to 1990.

Many of Cambodia’s Cham Muslims Condemn ISIS Brutality

VOA Khmer recently spoke with Eng Kok-Thay, author of “From the Khmer Rouge to Hambali: Cham Identities in Global Age,” to find out how Cambodian Muslims, or Cham, view ISIS and their latest actions.

Photogallery Restive Pagoda Has Long Been a Thorn in Government’s Side

The pagoda houses monks from the restive minority community of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, an ethnic group that lives in today’s Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, who claim abuse at the hands of Vietnamese authorities.

Cambodian Muslims Worry as Tensions Climb in Middle East

Cambodian Muslims say even though they are far from the region and its strife, they remain concerned for the spread of violence.

Video Western Influence Waning in Cambodia, Author Says

Cambodia’s political balance has turned away from the international community, especially as the impoverished nation receives increasing assistance from China, an author says.

New Book on Khmer Rouge Jungle Redoubt Out This Month

Dy Khamboly is the senior researcher at the center and the co-author of the book. He said the book aims to be the starting point for former Khmer Rouge cadres and their victims to better understand one another.

Photogallery India Battles Challenge of Shrinking Habitat for Big Cat

In effort to protect tigers, authorities have launched a program to relocate villages in sprawling habitat

Thailand Defends Care for Children in Controversial Surrogacy Case

At least 15 babies were allegedly fathered by a wealthy 24-year-old Japanese businessman, Mitsutoki Shigeta

Audio New Book Looks at Modern Cham Muslims

A new book, “From the Khmer Rouge to Hambali: Cham Identities in Global Age” by Eng Kok-Thay, research director at the Documentation Center of Cambodia, examines that struggle.

Campaign Aims To Bring Cambodian Rockers to New York

The film chronicles the golden age of Cambodian rock, before the country fell to the Khmer Rouge, which killed many musicians.

American Writer Tells Story of Cambodian ‘Women on the Rise’

Anne Elizabeth Moore, a feminist writer and artist, spent about four months living and working with young Cambodian women in a dormitory in Phnom Penh.

Video Filmmaker Takes on Culture of Rape and Sexual Assault

Cambodian-American filmmaker Caylee So is at work on a film that looks at the culture of rape and sexual assault—taboo subjects in Cambodia, despite their prevalence. “Invisible Dance,” a fictional story, tackles assault in both Cambodian and US communities.

In Bethlehem, Christmas Eve Scuffle Caps Tense Year

Shoving match breaks out between marching band and police during holiday celebrations

Video Cambodia Potteries Improved And Meet Big Demand

The ancient Kingdom of Angkor once created pottery fit for kings, but the artisan skills have declined through the centuries.

Scholar Researching Life in Cambodia’s Deaf Community

Erin Moriarty Harrelson, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at American University, is one of the five researchers who received a Fullbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship this year. She is now in Cambodia, working to document the lives of deaf people in rural areas.

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources. Alex, who has been banned from entering Cambodia, is touring the US to seek international support and a way to go back to the country. VOA Khmer Men Kimseng interviewed Alex while he was in Washington DC.

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