A new film directed by a graduate student of the Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts highlights the problem of gambling in the Cambodian community in Southern California. Written and directed by Caylee So, “Paulina” portrays the life of a 17-year-old Cambodian-American girl who grows up in a community of gamblers in Southern California. VOA Khmer’s Reasey Poch reports.
Ms. Ka Sovandalin, a graduate in English from Royal University of Phnom Penh and Mr. Seng Pyseth, a graduate in Economics from Pannasastra University of Cambodia, share their experience. (Say Mony, Hello VOA, 10 September 2012)
Although Cambodians who are younger than 30 make up more than 60 percent of the population, their potential contribution to social development is limited because of low engagement on social issues. Seang Soleak, a spokesman for Oxfam America, says that the low engagement is due to a lack of education, limited access to information and few role models for youths. VOA Khmer's Soeung Sophat discussed these challenges and Oxfam's new Change Initiative with him in Washington.