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By: Denise Heywood Posted: September-03-2010 in
Denise Heywood

Archaeologists at Angkor: Photographic Archives from EFEO - by Denise Heywood (Asian Art Newspaper, September 2010)

The sight of ancient ruins emerging from the jungle has always captured the imagination. When recorded in early black and white photographs these images, swathed in mystery, are even more evocative and nowhere more so than in the jungles of Cambodia at Angkor.

Myanmar Tea Shops – Where Friends are Made

By: Ei Thwe Posted: August-04-2010 in
Ei Thwe

Just like British people love tea drinking, we Burmese people also have a penchant for tea. Teashops are an important and integral part of life in Myanmar.

As a foreigner who first arrives to Myanmar, you will be surprised to see so many teashops in Yangon and almost everywhere in Myanmar. The streets are filled with numerous tea-shops. And surprisingly, most of them are filled up with customers.

Generation M: Getting to know the Modern Monk

By: Jordyan Edmiston Posted: August-13-2009 in
Jordyan Edmiston

Take a stroll around Phnom Penh on any given Sunday and you are bound to encounter a pack of teenaged monks, hanging in the afternoon sun or cruising the museum scene. More likely than not, they will smile at you, ask you where you are from, and inquire if you like Cambodia.

Take them up on the offer to talk and you'll quickly realize that Khmers often choose the cloth over the conventional for very different reasons than young men and women in the west.

MAG helps secure safety of UNESCO World Heritage site

By: MAG Posted: August-03-2009 in

Spectacularly beautiful, featuring towering limestone formations and pristine forests, it’s no surprise that Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province is a UNESCO World Heritage site attracting around 300,000 visitors a year.

But until recently communities there could not access all the agricultural land they needed as it was heavily contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Doan, who lives within the park, remembers: “We never dared to dig the ground too deeply because there was so much UXO.

At The Horizon - Laos latest film project

By: Thomas Wanhoff Posted: May-29-2011 in
Thomas Wanhoff

When I was interviewing the crew of "At the Horizon", a Lao movie to be produced in June, it took a while when I recognized, that actually the story about the movie is as good as the movies script.

But first things first: At the Horizon is a feature action movie about two different worlds in Laos colliding: The wealthy influential people on the one hand and the poor and honest on the other hand. There is a death, anger, pain and kind of vendetta included. So far, it is something that happens in Laos (and other Southeast-Asian countries) quite often.

2nd Vientianale International Film Festival

By: Thomas Wanhoff Posted: January-11-2011 in
Thomas Wanhoff

Submissions are open and here we go for the 2nd Vientianale International Film Festival. The first one was such a huge success that the organizers decided to go on with this important event for the Lao movie culture.
The Festival is not only a competition or pure entertainment but has also a focus on education about the potential richness and diversity of Lao film culture by presenting feature films, documentaries, films for children, music videos and short films.

A Note on Lakhaon Kaol - Cambodia's Classical Male Masked Dance

By: Professor Pich Tum Kravel Posted: April-24-2010 in
Professor Pich Tum Kravel

Lakhaon Kaol is one of Cambodia's oldest classical dance forms. Stone inscriptions from the tenth century reveal the form was originally called Phea Ny - derived from Sanskrit and meaning to tell or recite a story. Phea Ny was performed exclusively by male dancers and musicians and shares this characteristic, among others, with the present-day Lakhaon Kaol. All performers are masked except for those taking female roles.

Cambodia Suspends Marriage Licenses with South Koreans

By: The Mirror Posted: March-23-2010 in
The Mirror

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 657

“Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia sent a diplomatic note to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea on 5 March 2010, informing the embassy that the Cambodian government decided to suspend the licensing of marriages between Cambodians and South Koreans. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Koy Kuong, spoke to Rasmei Kampuchea, saying that the Phnom Penh government made this decision after the authorities arrested a female matchmaker who took 25 Khmer women at the end of 2009 to be sold to marry South Korean men, and on 3 March 2010, court sentenced the woman to serve 10 years in prison for trafficking these women.

Great Gusto -Tonle Bassac Folk Group

By: Andy Brouwer Posted: March-07-2010 in
Andy Brouwer

Last night on an outdoor stage at the National Museum, the performance of Children of the Khmer by the youngsters from the Tonle Bassac Folk Group, supported and funded by the Cambodian Living Arts team, showed exactly why they went down a storm on their Womad and Edinburgh Festival appearances in 2008. Their combination of classical repertoire and engaging traditional folk dances, performed with great gusto and a guest spot from master musician Ieng Sithul, was lapped up by the appreciative audience in this premiere piece of a performance they will open to the public later this month.

Independence Day

By: Norbert Klein: editor - The Mirror Posted: November-10-2009 in
Norbert Klein: editor - The Mirror

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 638 - Monday, 9.11.2009

National holidays are not all the same. We are just behind the Water Festival which brings big crowds from the provinces to the capital city for several days. This year, 391 boats had been registered to participate in the boat racing, and 6,500 police were prepared to keep things organized and safe.

And there were special health concerns – more than in other years, because of the danger of A/H1N1 virus infections, and the Communicable Disease Control Department of Ministry of Health had prepared 500,000 leaflets with information and advice how to protect oneself from this disease - "covering up cough and wash hands among others" - as well as, as every year, from HIV/AIDS, for which the Population Service International's 1,000 volunteers were to distribute 250,000 condoms during the three days of the Water Festival.


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