When a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy she risks giving birth to a child with mental and physical defects called fetal alcohol syndrome, Dr. Taing Tek Hong, a Florida-based physician told VOA Khmer's Im Sothearith in a recently interview. Fetal alcohol syndrome can be diagnosed from “growth deficiency,” with a baby’s height or weight in the bottom 10th percentile, from checking facial features, from damage to the central nervous system, or from exposure to prenatal alcohol, he said.
A renowned Cambodian artist has put on display four pieces of his latest work to honor and remember the late former king, Norodom Sihanouk, ahead of the monarch’s cremation ceremony next month. The Sihanouk works are mixed media hangings on pieces of cloth, hung on the walls of a gallery for artist Leang Seckon. They combine incense sticks and scraps of paper taken from gatherings of mourners outside the Royal Palace. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh)
Long Beach, Calif., has been selected as one of 14 cities in California to receiving funding and other assistance from the California Endowment to build healthier communities, including schools. The city stands to gain tens of millions of dollars in the coming years. But first they have to ask themselves, what does a healthy school look like? A group of Cambodian-American university students met at a local Long Beach restaurant over the Christmas holiday to share their experiences, so that when they enter the professional world, they’ll have a Cambodian network. Meetings for how to create healthy communities, and build better schools, are ongoing. There are working groups for better neighborhoods, schools and air quality. The next meeting for the schools working group is on Jan. 14. More information can be found at www.bhclongbeach.org. (Cheang Sophinarath, Long Beach)