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The name game

By: Nguy Ha Posted: November-06-2009 in
Nguy Ha

Giving names to children has never been so fraught with difficulties, as Vietnamese parents are bombarded with advice on tones, meanings, lucky numbers, family traditions and the pressures of adapting to increased use of English.

Names in Vietnam are heavy with meaning. Parents think that a child’s name plays a key role in the destiny of their children. Often names and derivative meanings of names are passed down through generations, partially as a way of paying respect to their ancestors.

The Head of the Royal Government Warned Donor Countries

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

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 633 - Friday, 9.10.2009

"Phnom Penh: Ahead of a meeting about the provision of development aid for Cambodia, the head of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, warned donor countries not to link conditions with development aid for Cambodia.

"Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen considers the linking of conditions with aid as being under more pressure than during the presence of Vietnamese experts in Cambodia after the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.

Pchum Ben – Days of Gathering to Make Offerings for Those Remembered and for Those Forgotten

By: Norbert Klein: editor, The Mirror Posted: September-22-2009 in
Norbert Klein: editor, The Mirror

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 630 - Sunday, 20.9.2009

Though the present national holidays extend only over the final period of the fifteen days of commemoration of the living for the dead, it is one of the major events of observing traditional religious observances in Cambodia. What is interesting, is that these holidays of the Cambodian Buddhist community are not observed similarly in other Buddhist countries like Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, or Thailand. It is said that there are some pre-Angkorian and pre-Buddhist Cambodian origins of the Pchum Ben observances, which formed the basis for a later Buddhist interpretation. But it seems that not many people in Cambodia are aware that other predominantly Buddhist countries do not celebrate a similar cause.

PJs are a Khmer girl's best friend

By: Amirtha Martin Posted: August-05-2008 in
Amirtha Martin

Who says pajamas are only for bed? In Cambodia, the comfortable garments have evolved into an all-purpose wear, perfect for any time of the day or night, writes Amirtha Martin

Available in a cornucopia of colours, designs and styles, pajamas are probably the most comfortable pieces of clothing a girl could own, but they have taken on a whole new direction in Cambodia.

Phnom Penh's stately matron

By: Aaron Leverton Posted: July-30-2008 in
Aaron Leverton

It's just after 4pm and Phnom Penh's most stately lady packs up after a hard day's work serving her public and heads home southwards down Sisowath Quay. Like dozens of others every day she stops at a few restaurants along the way. Unlike the rest of the customers, however, this particular lady is too big to fit in through the doors, let alone squeeze her ample posterior onto a seat.

On Three Wheels

By: Expat Advisory Posted: July-30-2008 in
Expat Advisory

The tuktuk is a widely used form of urban transport in Bangkok and other cities in THAILAND. It is particularly popular where traffic congestion is a major problem. Tuktuks were introduced in Brighton, England on July 10, 2006, where a fleet of 12 (spelled TucTuc) operate using compressed natural gas, as the first motorised rickshaw service in Europe.

'Gone fishing' in Cambodia

By: Expat Advisory Posted: July-23-2008 in
Expat Advisory

Tran Van Thanh removes fish from a net on a small boat in Tonle Sap, also known as the Great Lake, in Cambodia. He says he followed his father there from the southern province of An Giang in Vietnam when he was 10.

Now almost 70 years old, he says he misses his hometown.

For a Better World: Fugitive Denim

By: Andrew Nette Posted: July-16-2008 in
Andrew Nette

Rachel Louise Snyder takes a moment to ponder before answering the question whether she thinks of herself as a writer or a journalist.

"It depends on whose asking. I would probably say a writer, but I do journalism to make ends meet." There is no doubt she relishes the freedom that comes with not being bound by a constant deadline, of having more time to spend on a story, to tease out the small details, to get to what she calls "the nitty gritty of life."

Dancing for the gods - Sovannahong

By: John MacGregor Posted: July-10-2008 in
John MacGregor

The ballet is about a trying game of fate being played out upon a royal family. So, too, is the story of its long-awaited production.

Choreographing the ballet began in 1955 by King Sihanouk's mother, Queen Kossomak - who trained her granddaughter, Princess Buppha Devi, to perform the lead. Cambodia's turbulent modern history helped ensure the work was never completed.

But that history has now come full circle - with Princess Buppha Devi herself, now 65, staging the first production of 'Sovannahong' half a century on.

Blogging and Clogging

By: Geoffrey Cain Posted: July-09-2008 in
Geoffrey Cain

Youngsters are breathing new life into Cambodian cyber-culture

They sit quaintly in a Monivong coffee shop, plaid-patterned laptops open and plastered with quirky stickers that proclaim their affinity for technology and cyberspace, the gentle rat-tat-tat of keyboards clicking in the background.


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