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Michelle Vachon

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Remembering New Khmer Style and Vann Molyvann’s Legacy

With the White Building nearly razed, there are few remaining structures in central Phnom Penh attesting to the city’s past as a showcase for the sinuous forms of New Khmer Architecture.

Forever Foreign

Many have viewed Vietnam as Cambodia’s arch-enemy, a consequence of history. In the wake of such hostility, ethnic Vietnamese who call Cambodia home are forever seen as strangers.

Artist Reflects on Country’s Past, Present to Heal, Celebrate Cambodians

If one piece had to be picked to encapsulate the latest exhibition from artist Leang Seckon, it would be his work titled “Dead and Reborn Again.”

After Incredible Finds, Angkor Archaeologists Wrap Up Dig

After 13 days of excavation that yielded artifacts beyond their dreams, archaeologists and researchers wrapped up work in Angkor Archaeological Park this week. After the excitement of their finds—which included a 1.9-meter statue of a guard and part of a Medicine Buddha—the team now have to get on with the job of assessing what they’ve found.

Angkor Excavation Team Find a Medicine Buddha

The team excavating an 800-year-old site in Angkor Archaeological Park on Monday made a second major find in just two weeks, unearthing for the first time in Cambodia a Medicine Buddha statue that is believed to have stood in the chapel of one of the 102 hospitals built by King Jayavarman VII.

For Archaeologists, a Dream Find at Angkor Park

Archaeologists are typically happy to find pottery shards when they excavate a site in Angkor Archaeological Park as too many centuries have passed and too many cities have risen and collapsed for them to expect to find major objects in the ground.

Production Honoring Victims of Conflict to Get Global Tour

A highly ambitious stage, music and film production conceived as a way to honor the victims of Cambodia’s civil war and Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s—unveiled in Phnom Penh on Thursday—will be on a scale hardly ever seen for a Cambodian project.

Cambodia’s Selfie Obsession Reflected in Black Comedy Film

For a person obsessed with taking selfies, having his or her arms forever stretched to get one’s own portrait, what would be the ultimate nightmare?

Archaeological Find Reveals New Side to Life at Angkor

A recent discovery in a rice field in Angkor Archeological Park has enabled experts to shed new light on life in the capital of the Khmer empire a thousand years ago. The cause of the excitement is not a new temple, but an iron smelting site.

Return To War

Twenty years ago next week, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen toppled First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh after days of factional fighting in Phnom Penh

In Surreal Images, Artist Speculates on Berliners’ Inner Lives

Looking at Oeur Sokuntevy's work, in an exhibition that opens tonight in Phnom Penh, one ventures beyond the ordinary to perceive the flow of life, and the energy of people’s ideas and imagination, which they tend to hide behind impassive stances.

Outdoor Art Fair in Battambang to Showcase City’s Artists

Street art can come in many different forms. In Battambang this weekend, it will take on a more literal meaning with an outdoor art fair allowing visitors to stroll in the open air and enjoy artworks on display.

From Penh to Paper: Artist Revives City’s Architectural Past

Stuart Croxford is an artist. He’s also a qualified architect. Combining these two talents has enabled him to depict Phnom Penh’s buildings in a unique way, capturing the beauty with the eye of an artist and the precise lines with an architect’s mind.

Sex, Lies, Tragedy: Classic Yike Explores Duplicity in Musical

The theater director, staging a performance of the story of “Kakei” in musical theater yike on Sunday night in Phnom Penh, hopes to challenge the centuries-old notion that the protagonist is a “bad girl.”

Vintage Photographs Capture the Beauty of Classical Dance

When George Groslier first approached Nou Nam in March 1927 with the idea of photographing her while she performed Khmer classical dance, she refused. “People no longer know how to dance, she told me with disdain,” he later wrote.

Photography Students Display Work

Opening tonight at the Institut Francais is the exhibition “Studio Images: Music” featuring works by students of the institute’s photography classes.

Cambodian Arts Legend Kong Nay Receives Asian Art Prize

Kong Nay, a master of Cambodia’s centuries-old art form of chapei dang veng, has been named this year’s recipient of Japan’s Fukuoka Arts and Culture Prize.

Film Competition to Help Young Generation Grapple With History

The Khmer Rouge Tribunal has been present in the lives of Cambodians for more than a decade. But the views of young people about the process—which has cost nearly $300 million since it started in 2006—are not often heard.

Quite a Stretch: Three Provinces Will Hold Global Yoga Day Events

Cambodia will celebrate the International Day of Yoga this month with a series of events held in three provinces.

How Cambodians Shape Their History Through the Present

Sunday’s commune elections have already become part of the nation’s history. But beyond what observers and journalists will say or write about it, and the analyses historians and researchers will make in the years to come, the story of what happened and its effect on the country will soon be part of Cambodia’s “social memory.”

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China Mulls Purge of Foreign Content From Media, School Textbooks

The ruling Chinese Communist Party's media regulator is considering banning the broadcast of overseas-produced news during prime time on domestic channels, while the country's ministry of education has ordered a purge of foreign content from textbooks in primary and secondary education.

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