Cambodian America

Vanessa Lopez, Rosario Lopez, Lynne Jackson, Wayne Glasker, Sandra Wong and Elizabeth Wydra after the Philadelphia Premiere at the National Constitution Center (Photo Credit: Roland Dahwen Wu, courtesy of Graham Street Productions)

Documentary Describes America’s History of Immigration

The documentary “14” follows the different immigration movements in America over time, through the lives of several individuals of varying backgrounds. More

Video Inspired Secret Service Agent Plans to Help His Home Country

Leuth Oun went to college, graduated, and worked as a corrections officer before becoming a Secret Service agent in 2002. More

Cambodian artist, Anida Yoeu Ali, accepted the 11th Sovereign Asian Art Prize for her artwork, "Spiral Alley" on May 8th, 2015 in Hong Kong. (Courtesy Photo: The Sovereign Art Foundation)

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. More

For Many, Cambodian Rock Brings Rare Pride

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. More

A series of photographic prints, known as Spiral Alley, of artist Anida Yoeu Ali, who was named as the winner of the 11th Sovereign Asian Art Prize. (Photo: Studio Revolt)

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. More

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Villagers Clash With Vietnamese Border Securityi
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30 June 2015
A group of villagers clashed with Vietnamese border security on Sunday, after they accused the neighboring country of encroachment. Opposition lawmakers say they want Cambodia to press their case against encroachment with the International Court of Justice, with increased accusations of Vietnamese construction on the Cambodian side of the border. Sunday’s violence came when a delegation led by lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party tried to investigate a paved road in Svay Rieng province, near the border, but were blocked by Vietnamese border security. More than 10 people were injured in the ensuing scuffle. (Sok Khemara, Washington)
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Video Villagers Clash With Vietnamese Border Security

A group of villagers clashed with Vietnamese border security on Sunday, after they accused the neighboring country of encroachment.
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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.
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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. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports.
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Video Senior Diplomat Calls NGO Law ‘Unnecessary’

Following a two-day visit, US Deputy Assistance Secretary of State Scott Busby told reporters Cambodia should reconsider the law.
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Video Inspired Secret Service Agent Plans to Help His Home Country

Born in Battambang province, Leuth Oun survived the Khmer Rouge regime, losing several members of his family, including his father, to the regime. He escaped with his mother and sister to Thailand and lived there a few years before resettling in Philadelphia in 1983. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports
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Video Cambodian Circus Gives Hope to Starving Artists

It has been 40 years since the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, which implemented policies leading to the deaths of more than 1 million Cambodians. The country continues to heal.
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Video Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problem

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Video Opposition Leader Meets With US Officials

Opposition leader Sam Raisny met with US officials and party supporters around Washington, DC, this week, to explain his ongoing negotiations with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party
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Video Cambodia Opposition Leader Optimistic With Culture of Dialogue And New NEC

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Cambodia is at a political turning point where politicians have to adopt the “culture of dialogue.” This will ensure that safety, dignity, and freedom of expression of all politicians be protected.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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Video 40 Years after Khmer Rouge Takeover, VOA Reporter's Bittersweet Homecoming (On Assignment)

Reporter Reasey Poch of VOA's Cambodian service tells On Assignment's Alex Villarreal about his emotional visit inside the home the Khmer Rouge forced his family to evacuate 40 years ago.
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Video Expelled Environmentalist Remains Optimistic About Mother Nature Cambodia

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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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Video 40 Years Later, a Reporter Remembers the Evacuation of Phnom Penh

April 17 will mark the 40-year anniversary of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh. Among the throngs of people forced to evacuate the city was VOA Khmer’s Poch Reasey, who recently traveled back to the capital and the house where he grew up, to prepare this video report.
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Video Assembly Approves National Election Committee

Putting the final stamp of approval on a process that took months of negotiation, the National Assembly on Thursday voted in the new structure of the National Election Committee.
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Video Fishermen From Myanmar, Cambodia And Laos Rescued From Slave Labor​

For years, Min Mink Chan never stopped dreaming of home. As he arrived in Jakarta to board a flight back to Myanmar, that dream was just hours away from becoming a reality.
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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.
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Video Parties Must Work Together, To Ensure Legacy, Expert Says

Cambodian political officials should begin thinking about the legacy they are leaving future generations, with a new political environment following gains by the opposition in 2013, an analyst says.
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Video Asean Community Faces Challenges, Expert Says

Asean integration at the end of 2015 will gibe Cambodia opportunities, but it will also mean economic competition that the country must be ready for, an analyst says.
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Video Cambodia Inaugurates Memorial for Genocide Victims

On Thursday a memorial was unveiled in Phnom Penh to the thousands of men, women and children who were brought to Cambodia's notorious S-21 prison between 1975 and 1979,

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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.
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Recalling Kent State, 45 Years Later

The May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University came after then President Richard Nixon ordered an invasion of Cambodia.
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Photogallery US-Cambodians Hold Candle Vigil for Khmer Rouge Victims

The vigil was held at Wat Buddhikarama, a Cambodian Buddhist temple in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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Video 40 Years Later, a Reporter Remembers the Evacuation of Phnom Penh

VOA Khmer’s Poch Reasey recently traveled back to Phnom Penh and returned to the house where he grew up before the Khmer Rouge takeover of the capital.
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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.
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Cambodian Organizations Join Together for ‘Healthy Community’ Plan

The members met last week to discuss potential development projects.
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Film Describes Family’s Flight From Khmer Rouge Cambodia

A new short documentary film was screened at the Art Theater in Long Beach over the weekend, part of the Freedom and Hope Film Festival.
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NGOs Contribute to Cycle of Corruption: Filmmaker

The 27-minute film follows the work of a leading NGO working to rally support for an end to widespread land grabbing in Cambodia.
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Cambodian-American Group Lobbies for Political Change

A Cambodian-American group in the US has begun lobbying Washington institutions in an effort to affect political change in Cambodia.
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Capturing Disconnection in Cambodia-America

Pete Pin, the thirty-year-old photographer, is searching for his heritage amid the Cambodian enclaves of America.
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Federal Funds Shrinking for ‘Community Day’: Organizers

Organizers are holding a fundraiser on May 5, in hopes of earning enough money to put on the event in August.
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Ancient Statue To Stay With Sotheby’s in Ownership Dispute

US prosecutors and the Cambodian government say the 1,000-year-old sandstone statue was looted from the temple of Prasat Chen.
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Southeast Asian Scholarship Up for Long Beach Students

The scholarship fund is worth a total $20,000 and will be split into 30 awards between $500 and $1,500.
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Long Beach New Year, Without a Parade

A parade can cost up to $40,000 and brings in tens of thousands of people from across California and the country.
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Alienation, Symbolism and the Paintings of You Khin

You Khin’s oil paintings tend to tell stories of the past.
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Ron Abney, American Pro-Democracy Advocate, Dies at 70

Abney’s injury in the attack prompted an FBI investigation that was ultimately abandoned.
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New Play Highlights Struggles of Deportees

Under a 2001 agreement between Cambodia and the US that ex-felons would be deported—many of them to a country they did not know at all.
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40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Villagers Clash With Vietnamese Border Securityi
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30 June 2015
A group of villagers clashed with Vietnamese border security on Sunday, after they accused the neighboring country of encroachment. Opposition lawmakers say they want Cambodia to press their case against encroachment with the International Court of Justice, with increased accusations of Vietnamese construction on the Cambodian side of the border. Sunday’s violence came when a delegation led by lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party tried to investigate a paved road in Svay Rieng province, near the border, but were blocked by Vietnamese border security. More than 10 people were injured in the ensuing scuffle. (Sok Khemara, Washington)

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Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)i
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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