A new exhibition of photographs at the Bophana Center in Phnom Penh illustrates the lives of Cambodians after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Australian photographer Paul Cummings, whose works on are display, began traveling to Cambodia in 1983. He recently spoke to VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng about post-Khmer Rouge reconstruction and how he captured it in pictures.
Social injustice, impunity and the abuse of Cambodian women will be featured in a new graphic novel, “The Beauty Curse." Veteran journalist Eric Pape has taken the case of Tat Marina, a former karaoke star and victim of an acid attack, as the subject of the illustrated novel, finding a new way to examine acid attacks, which continue to plague modern Cambodia. Pape told VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng that the graphic novel, which is seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, will tell her story to a wider audience, adding to the media coverage and a documentary on the attack.
Too much foreign aid is used in Cambodia as a substitute for local revenue, making it hard for people to hold their government accountable, a US-based analyst says. Sophal Ear, author of “Aid Dependence in Cambodia,” tells VOA Khmer's Im Sothearith that when people don’t pay enough taxes, they don’t own part of the democratic process.
China used to be the world's factory - workers were cheap, and manufactures liked the profit margin that meant, especially in the garment industry. But no more: China's laborers are now amongst Asian's best paid. Garment companies are looking for a better deal in Cambodian. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.