Cambodia hopes to bring its ties with the US to another level, with a main focus on trade, demining and cultural exchange, Cambodian Ambassador Chum Bun Rong, who is new to his post, tells VOA Khmer in an exclusive interview. Ambassador Chum Bun Rong also met with US Ambassador-designate William A. Heidt. VOA Khmer Men Kimseng reports from Washington.
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
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.”