Kim Sophea, main organizer of the film festival.
New York Dads Reflect Trend of More Engaged Fatherhood
The International Court of Justice has ruled that part of a disputed patch of land around a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Thai-Cambodian border belongs to Cambodia.
The UN's top court has ruled that the area around an ancient temple on the Thai-Cambodian border belongs to Cambodia.
Cambodian Senior Association President Samnang Wu is one of seven people chosen to receive the Working Woman Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Samnang was chosen for her work serving immigrants to America from Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.
The International Court of Justice is expected to rule over the disputed territories between Cambodia and Thailand surrounding the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on Nov. 11. While the temple has seen tensions and armed conflicts over the years, another ancient Khmer border temple, Sdok Kok Thom, might serve as an example of how both nations can move beyond the conflicts of the past. John Burgess, a former Washington Post correspondent, has authored a book about the temple tilted “Stories in Stone: The Sdok Kok Thom Inscription and the Enigma of Khmer History.” Burgess tells VOA Khmer’s Soeung Sophat that while these border temples have been the cause of conflict, they can also be a source of shared history and mutual acceptance between Thailand and Cambodia.
Sacred Dancers of Angkor impressed audiences in the US with classical Khmer dance performances in four cities.
Miss Vietnam Embraces both Khmer and Vietnamese Cultures and Values
The Miss Universe 2013 final competition will be held in Moscow on Saturday, November 9th. Miss Truong Thi May is representing Vietnam in the competition.
May says she is proud to tell people that she is half Vietnamese, half Cambodian. Born in Phnom Penh, her Cambodian-Vietnamese father died when she was six years old. She grew up among Khmer Krom residents in Bach Lieu province.
Miss May is trilingual. She speaks English, Vietnamese and Khmer. "My mother always encourages me to speak the Khmer language, to preserve the Cambodian tradition and culture."
During the upcoming Miss Universe 2013 competition, May says she wants to highlight the plight of Vietnamese and Cambodian women who are less fortunate than she is. May says she knows what it's like to be poor and hungry. "I know in both Vietnam and Cambodia, many people are still facing difficulties in their lives. I must help make their voices heard around the world. I understand their sufferings because my family was poor once."
May spoke to the VOA Khmer Service's Reasey Poch via Skype from Moscow.
US government is investigating and preparing repatriation of stolen arts, antiquities and cultural properties to their home countries. Those items included pre-Columbian artworks, human skulls, Egyptians antiquities, Cambodian statues and arts as well as fossils of all kinds. VOA Khmer's Reasey Poch reports from National Press Club, Washington DC.
Cambodia's King Unveils A Statue of His Father
Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamony unveiled his father statue on Friday October 11 near the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, the country capital. Prime Minister Hun Sen and hundreds of government workers, senate and parliament members attended the opening ceremony for newly built statue. (Reuters)
Floods in Cambodia continues to rise and more than 80 people have been reported dead, including 39 children, as flooding along Mekong River provinces continues. Heavy flooding is hitting 12 provinces along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, as well as Phnom Penh, closing schools and hospitals as well as pagodas where Buddhism ceremonies were not festive and cheerful. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Kandal province.
More than 80 people have been reported dead, including 39 children, as flooding along Mekong River provinces continues.
Cambodia Town Film Festival co-organizers PraCh Ly and Caylee So are on a tour promoting the festival throughout the US. During their tour on the East Coast, they stopped by the Voice of America studio in Washington, DC. VOA Khmer’s Im Sothearith discusses the festival’s purpose and the organizers’ expectations.
More than 10,000 Cambodians rallied in the capital of Phnom Penh's Olympic stadium on Sunday July 7 to mark 5th Anniversary of the designation of Preah Vihear temple as a UN world heritage site. Im Sothearith, Washington.
Two US ensembles last week performed benefit concerts in Phnom Penh just ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. Band members and organizers say they hoped the music would bring the US and Cambodia culturally closer.
American children from the Boston Children's Chorus sang "Phnom Penh," a song composed by the late king Sihanouk in the Cambodian capital. (Say Mony, Phnom Penh)
The “Season of Cambodia” arts festival in New York drew much attention to Cambodian artists, dancers and others, surprising audiences.
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has returned two massive Angkorian statues to Cambodia.
Ethnic minorities come from 20 different groups and make up about 1 percent of Cambodia’s total population.
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has returned two massive Angkorian statues to Cambodia. Officials here say they are grateful to the US government for their help in the return, and for an ongoing court case to have another statue, currently housed at the auction house Sotheby’s returned, as well. (Say Mony, Phnom Penh)
Unesco representatives from than 120 countries are meeting in Phnom Penh to discuss an updated World Heritage site list.
Two 10th century Cambodian stone statues were returned to their homeland on Tuesday, in a high-profile case of allegedly looted artifacts.
Two 10th century Cambodian stone statues were returned to their homeland of Angkor on Tuesday, in a high-profile case of allegedly looted artifacts. Associated Press, Phnom Penh.
“Red Wedding” highlights the struggles of Cambodian women forced to marry strangers under the strict policies of the Khmer Rouge.
The Khmer Krom people say they continue to suffer rights abuses under the Vietnamese government.
Cambodia has seen an explosion in the use of online and mobile technology, particularly social media platforms like Facebook.
In 'The Missing Picture', Rithy Panh uses clay figurines to tell story of Khmer Rouge brutality
The walk marked Visak Bochea Day, an annual holiday celebrating the life, death and enlightenment of Buddha.
Bosba Panh has been performing on stage since the age of 7. She continued to perform in front of Cambodian audiences, culminating in a huge show inside Angkor Wat in 2011.
Now 16, she last year moved to the United States, to study music at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, Mass. In an interview with VOA Khmer, she said one of her goals is to bring Cambodian music into the international spotlight. (Poch Reasey, Massachusetts)
Cambodia’s Royal Ballet performed in New York earlier this month for the first time in decades. The performance, part of the Season of Cambodia arts festival, was not just a pleasure for Americans to see, however. It also brought pride to many Cambodians who fled their home country and ended up as far as Canada and the United States. VOA Khmer’s Poch Reasey reports from New York.
An estimated 80 percent of Cambodia’s artists were among some two million victims of the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s; their skills and knowledge were lost since Cambodian culture is still largely oral. But in the last two decades, a new generation of Cambodian artists has sought to revive those classical arts and invent new forms. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver reports on New York's “Season of Cambodia”, a festival designed to help further that revival.
The novel tells the story of a beautiful woman with a secret, who witnesses the building of Angkor Wat, its rise and internal violence there.
“Woman of Angkor,” by retired American journalist John Burgess, took 10 years to write. But Burgess’s love of the period started much earlier: he first visited the Angkor complex in 1969. Burgess told VOA Khmer at a recent book reading in Washington that the temples have ever since captivated him. “I would love for Angkor to become better known in the world,” said John Burgess, a former assistant foreign editor for the Washington Post. “In the western world, we all grow up knowing about ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome. We know who were the great kings, what were some of the historical events, but the Angkor civilization is very much the equal of those civilizations in terms of Gloria and grandiose and construction and arts and yet almost no body in this country knows about Angkor. So, I hope that through this book a few more people will become familiar with this great great civilization.” (Im Sothearith, Washington)
The museum’s decision comes as the Cambodian government seeks the return of another statue from the auction house Sotheby’s, which is fighting the claim.
The Cambodian American Heritage group recently put on a cultural performance in Arlington, Va., outside of Washington. More than 500 people attended the show, which included arts, culture and tourist attractions. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports from the performance.
Back at school, Bosba Panh said she wants to sing opera one day, to bring Cambodian music to the world stage.
Leang Seckon was recently in New York as part of the Season of Cambodia arts festival, in which hundreds of artists perform in some of New York’s top venues in April and May.
Known as “a small lady with a big heart,” Ravynn Karet-Coxen aims to bring her team of sacred dancers to perform at Buddhist temples and to meet Cambodian communities in the US later this year. Karet-Coxen, who left Cambodia in 1970 and returned in 1992, told VOA Khmer’s Men Kimseng in a recent interview that she had created a dance troupe to pray at temples to help call for greater spirituality for Cambodians, and to call on divine powers to return to the temples and “bless our land, our people, our government.”
Sculptor Sopheap Pich is one among many Cambodian artists whose work has flowered in recent years.
Cambodia spends only about 1.5 percent of its gross domestic product on cultural preservation, including museums and heritage sites.
As Cambodian-Americans prepare to celebrate the Khmer New Year, different communities must pick different weekends to celebrate in April. Sok Sovannarorth, of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, shares her New Year’s plans with VOA Khmer’s Men Kimseng.