Culture & Life

Fallen Forests

Corporate greed and weak government have left Cambodia’s protected areas defenceless Chow Chart sat staring vacantly. Lost for words, he occasionally shook his head. The roar of heavy machinery in the distance broke the silence. When another truck laden with timber trembled by, he got up and walked away. The 56-year-old and his family have


A new history

Cambodians have mostly heard about Khmer Rouge atrocities from each other. Now schools are addressing the tragedy. Khieu Maly was sitting quietly, ashen-faced during his Khmer Rouge history lesson in 2003, says Song Malet, her grade nine teacher. When younger brother Khieu Vordeth took the same class a year later, his behaviour was little different.


As the tribe travels

Following the trail of Jewish people to Southeast Asia, one organisation ensures people of the faith always have a place to call home. When French explorer Henri Mouhot travelled through Cambodia in the mid-19th century, he came across a group of people who did not eat pork, observed the seventh day of rest and circumcised


Top of the pops

These five singers have captured the hearts and ears of the region 1. Thongchai McIntyre The eldest of this month’s Top 5,  51-year-old Thongchai ‘Bird’ McIntyre is one of Thailand’s most successful singers of all time. Having sold over 20m albums since his debut in 1986, Bird’s staying power is comparable to that of Madonna’s.


An interview with Tim Sakhorn

Born in 1968, Tim Sakhorn is perhaps the most famous Khmer Krom activist alive today. He was granted political asylum in Sweden in July 2009. How does it feel to be reordained? Do you wish you were re-ordained in Cambodia? I am very happy to be a monk again because it has been my way


Meeting the material world

During recent years, the Buddhist faith appears to have witnessed a few casualties along an increasingly bumpy path to enlightenment. Headlines documenting monk-related incidents have peppered regional media, and their prevalence seems to be rising. From “Buddhist monk arrested for rape of British tourist” to “Monks arrested for throwing rowdy drug and alcohol party”, newspapers


Made in India

Cambodia’s small but influential Indian community feels comfortable in a country that shares its history and maybe its future with their motherland. The history between India and Cambodia goes back to ancient times. The influence of the world’s second most populous country on the Kingdom is visible from the Hindu-style temples of Angkor Wat to


Lao girls preparing for success

 As host to the 2009 SEA Games, Laos will expect to strike gold with its young female petanque team and see off the Thais – the region’s unlikely champions


The business of fame

 Paula Taylor, Thailand’s most successful model and Geoff Heydt, a talent representative, explain how to make a face very famous


Interview Jackie Chan

 The second speaker on the Bridges programme, Hong Kong actor, filmmaker and producer Jackie Chan, has worked tirelessly for humanitarian causes for years and is a Unicef and UNAids goodwill ambassador


Has faith gone to the dogs?

Celebrated atheist Richard Dawkins reveals his respect for Darwin, his reasons fordisliking religion in any shape or form and why one percent of him still can’t let go


Braille reading abilities growing

Nearly 200 years after the birth of Louis Braille, the alphabet of raised dots he created, commonly known as Braille, is still in regular use by 150m blind people around the world. Now the system is also widely used in Cambodia and the government has announced it will soon become available in every school nationwide