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.
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)