Cambodian Rock Band Joins an Inspiration Continuum

Trying to figure out when the seed for Lauren Yee’s play “Cambodian Rock Band” was actually planted is a tricky thing.

Do you start with the Vietnam war, and the vestiges of an American imperialist legacy in Southeast Asia? That was when the Far East Network broadcast rock & roll — Rolling Stones, Elvis, the Beach Boys, the Beatles — to American soldiers serving in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines.

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