Culture

On Facebook, a Potential Venue for Women’s Rights

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, file photo.

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

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.

Ona 2015 Infopage Stylesheet

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.

Video For Many, Cambodian Rock Brings Sense of Pride

At a recent showing of the Cambodian rock documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” in Maryland on April 29th, 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. The film examines a rare moment in Cambodian history, when the country was newly independent and where a rock and roll scene grew, thanks to influences from US radio coming from the armed forces in Vietnam. Menh Sothyvan, a singer and songwriter who survived the Khmer Rouge, told VOA Khmer's Ly Moryvan these rock songs have staying power. They were original and influential. “So we have kept conserved what is our from that time to now.”

Cambodian-American Artist Awarded for Work on Identity

The Sovereign Art Foundation has named Anida Yoeu Ali, a Cambodian American artist, winner of the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Documentary Looks at Cambodia’s Heyday of Rock-and-Roll

“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” is a slice of Cambodian life, showing how its pop culture was growing after the country’s independence from France.

Video Documentary Looks at Cambodia’s Heyday of Rock-and-Roll

An American documentary on Cambodia’s rock-and-roll scene from the 1950s and 1960s “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” screened this week in the suburbs of Washington.

Arts Organization Visits US To Bolster Support

A delegation from Cambodian Living Arts, which fosters Khmer art and culture, is visiting the US, seeking more support for its work.

For Southeast Asia Youths, a US Leadership Program

Young students from Southeast Asian countries travel to the United States and engage in discussion on environmental sustainability, education and leadership, as part of the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program.

Video US-Based Arts Group Wins Award from Cambodian Government

The Cambodian-American Heritage group, which has worked around Washington to preserve Khmer culture, has been awarded a medal from the Cambodian government.

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

Click on the photo to go to special page.

Click on the photo to go to special page.

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Cambodia Senate Passed NGO Law Despite Protests And Boycotti
X
24 July 2015
Hundreds of people demonstrated outside Cambodia’s Senate on Friday morning as senators inside debated a controversial new law designed to regulate the non-profit sector. The Law on Associations and NGOs, or LANGO, has been widely criticized by non-profits and many of Cambodia’s development partners, not least because it gives the government carte blanche to close down any organization. VOA Khmer Hul Reaksmey reports from Phnom Penh.

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)i
X
03 November 2014
You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." 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.
Video

Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
Video

Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
Video

Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
Video

Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>