Society

While family may be the foundation of society, when families are affected by historical events, political events, or even environmental events, societies evolve.  That evolution often puts people, and families, in situations that they would otherwise not have chosen.  Here, we look at how some sectors of Khmer society have had to adapt to those changing situations.  For better or for worse.

Cambodian Grrrl by Anne Elizabeth Moore

In Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh, writer and independent publisher Anne Elizabeth Moore brings her experience in the American cultural underground to Cambodia, a country known mostly for the savage extermination of around 2 million of its own under the four-year reign of the Khmer Rouge.

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Cambodia's School of Hope by Norm Schriever

A chance meeting in an exotic land on the other side of the globe. A local guide trying to raise money to build a drinking well in his poor village. Hundreds of Cambodian school children who didn’t have a school to attend, or sometimes enough food, clean water, or medical care.

What unfolded next is truly amazing.

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Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia by Heidi Hoefinger

Dealing with the complex and discomforting ‘grey ‘area where sex, love and money collide, this book highlights the general materiality of everyday sex that takes place in all relationships. In doing so, it draws attention to and destigmatizes the transactional elements within many ‘normative’ partnerships – be they transnational, inter-ethnic or otherwise.

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