The end of the semester got away from me folks, which means that today’s Sounding Cambodia will consist of a lot of links, videos, and topics, with minimal commentary. Lots of important stuff in there, though. Go read!
- Sand mountains during Khmer New Year (Video)
- Cash pledges from politicians – exactly what is going on?
- Violence against Cambodian Labor by the government
- Interviews with Rich Garella of Who Killed Chea Vichea?
- Nuon Chea and Cases 002 and 003 in the Extraordinary Chambers/Khmer Rouge Tribunal
- Would you like some Borax with your Cambodian food? Formalin? You’re welcome.
- Tiny Toones NGO – “Hey Babe” video.
- Cambodian Rice Exports to the Philippines
- Judy Ledgerwood’s awesome Summer ethnography school in Cambodia
- Damned Dams and their impacts on damned-near everything; an article in Critical Asian Studies by Ian Baird
- Book Review of Constance Wilson’s edited volume on the Middle Mekong River Basin
- Thai Politics – an election primer from Duncan McCargo
Happy Khmer New Year, everybody! សួស្តី ឆ្នាំថ្មី! I’m a few days late of course, but my wishes are sincere for all of that. May your upcoming year be full of health, success, happiness, and peace. I was not able, this year, to attend the awesome (and increasingly awesome) New Year’s events at my local Khmer temple – Wat Munisota [I can’t ever say that name without wanting to point out how fantastically funny and smart the namers were: Munisota means (in Sanskrit and Khmer): “That which is heard from the sage” (the Dharma), but of course, it also sounds very much like “Minnesota,” which was intentional. Brilliant, good humor], in spite of some excellent invitations. But I’m hopeful I might be able to make it to the Madison temple‘s New Year celebration this coming Saturday.
In this week’s Sounding on Cambodia, I talk about:
- The 36th anniversary of the Fall of Phnom Penh, April 17, 1975 [The picture above is Lon Nol Buddhist-inspired propaganda which characterizes the communist insurgency as Vietnamese anti-Buddhist monsters, defeated by the power of Nang Thorani’s hair in the scene of the Buddha’s enlightenment].
- “Aid to Cambodia Rarely Reaches the People it’s Intended to Help,” by Joel Brinkley, and a review of Joel Brinkley’s new book, “Cambodia’s Curse,” by Elizabeth Becker
- PM Hun Sen rumored to have lung cancer – no confirmation
More after the jump…
I’ve started a new practice here on Imagining the Real World. I’ve always used the “Sounding” tag to indicate a group of links to other internet-materials that are associated with each other by a particular subject matter: Cambodia, Buddhism, The Academy, Religious Studies, etc., etc.
However, starting today, I’m going to assign specific days of the week to specific topics. While some will come and go for the current period, Mondays will be my chance to Sound Off on links related to Cambodian Topics, Wednesday will look at Buddhism, and Friday will look at Religious Studies.
So, what’s on tap for the first thusly-organized Sounding on Cambodia?: Khmer Martial Arts (Bradal Serey), Expats and Global Apartheid, the online publication of sections of the Astrological Yearbook for the Khmer New Year (comin’ up, comin’ up!), a new website on Khmer Manuscripts (huzzah!), Border conflict with Thailand, Draft Laws on NGOs and Unions, and the implosion of the Sam Rainsy Party.
Eric Brandt has a great post on New Year’s games. Worth checking out.