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Protesters Again Demand Vietnamese Apology Over Kampuchea Krom

Cambodian man holds the burned incense sticks in front of a painted photo of a Kampuchea Krom Hero, Son Kuy, right, at a ceremony in Phnom, file photo.

21 July 2014
Many Cambodians remain angered that the area, called Kampuchea Krom, or Lower Cambodia, in Khmer, was partitioned to Vietnam by the French in 1949. More

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»៕

Tribes Hold Ceremony To Protect Trees in Remote Northern Province

The forest of Preah Rorka sits at the confluence of three districts, covering 90,000 hectares, and tribes in the area rely on the forest for their livelihoods.

Video Khmer-Thai Superstar Demonstrates Her Talents at VOA

Many Cambodians like "Kantrim" music from the Khmer-populated area of Surin, in Northeast Thailand. They sing and dance to the music on special occasions, such as parties or New Year's.

Video In First, Cambodian Music Festival To Be Held in Hollywood

The Cambodian music festival will be celebrated at the Ford Theatre of Hollywood on August 3, 2014.

Video In First, Cambodian Music Festival To Be Held in Hollywood

The Cambodian music festival will be celebrated at the Ford Theatre of Hollywood on August 3, 2014.

Video Disappointment, as Italian Film Wins Oscar

Academy Awards on Sunday night, hoping “The Missing Picture” would win for best foreign film. Disappointment was the word of the day, however, as the award went to the Italian film, “The Great Beauty.”

Video Disappointment in Phnom Penh as Italian Film Wins Oscar

Despite not winning its own Oscar, “The Missing Picture’s” nomination was a historic first for Cambodians.

Ratanakkiri Complainants Want Forest Lands Returned

Representatives of 17 different groups say the Hoang Anh Gia Lai company, which received funding from the bank’s International Finance Corporation, devastated forest lands affecting up to 2,000 families.

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Yearlong Political Deadlock Endsi
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22 July 2014
Cambodia’s political deadlock has ended. For nearly a year, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has refused to join the government, calling for electoral reforms in a system it says was deeply flawed. Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended. The two sides finally reached agreement on a formula for selecting the National Election Committee, which the Rescue Party has said was biased toward the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Hun Sen and Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy emerged from talks Tuesday smiling and shaking hands. “Victory,” Hun Sen told reporters after the meeting. “You can all applaud.” (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)

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Labor of Love (Movie: That's What I Am)i
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21 July 2014
You can say, "Every weekend he volunteers at the hospital working with the sick and the dying. It brings him great joy to care for others. It's his 'labor of love' to humanity." 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 Labor of Love (Movie: That's What I Am)

You can say, "Every weekend he volunteers at the hospital working with the sick and the dying. It brings him great joy to care for others. It's his 'labor of love' to humanity." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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Video Put Stock In (Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)

AT THE MOVIES WITH MANI & MORI - English Learning / American Idioms You can say, "Her history and her patterns have shown that she is not very responsible with money, so I am not going to 'put too much stock in' believing she has changed." What does it mean? Watch here.
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Video Thick Skinned [Movie: The Lion King]

You can say, "I find that it's necessary sometimes to be 'thick skinned' to public opinions, some people will like you and some will not … it's just how it is." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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Video Knock Your Socks Off [Movie: Meet The Robinsons]

You can say, "You have to try this new Cambodian restaurant in DC, it's super delicious, it's amazing - one bite of it and it will 'knock your socks off'." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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