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ISBN-13: 978-0786420513 ISBN-10: 0786420510

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786420510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786420513
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen J. Coates is a freelance journalist who writes for a variety of newspapers, magazines and journals around the world. She is based in Thailand.

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Karen Coates, an American journalist and author, has spent a dozen years covering food, environment and social issues across Asia for publications around the world. She is author of Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War (2005), and co-author of Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo Across the World's Largest Ocean (2008). Karen was Gourmet's Asia correspondent until the magazine's demise in 2009. She is a correspondent for Archaeology magazine and writes about Food Culture for The Faster Times. She is a 2010-2011 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She and her husband, photographer Jerry Redfern, split their year between travels abroad and their home in New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley. You can get a taste of Karen's food writing at http://ramblingspoon.com/blog.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By AndyB on April 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Karen Coates has written a warts 'n' all view of contemporary Cambodia, giving us a glimpse into how hard life really is in a country traumatized by war but which still retains a magical quality that attracts and infatuates people like Coates and her husband Jerry Redfern, both journalists who worked in-country on and off for six years. Personally, I loved the book, I could hardly put it down. I could relate to many of the people Coates met on her travels, and if you get the chance to stay long enough in Cambodia, you will meet them too.

My emotions fluctuated wildly between elation and dismay as I read the stories meshed together from her interviews with scores of Cambodians, from the fragile hope of street beggar Bun Na, to the dogged determination of commune leader Ly Chheng Ky, a lone woman in a typically male-dominated environment. She introduces us to Choun Nhiem, better known as the old sweeper of Ta Prohm from the cover of the popular Lonely Planet guidebook. She interviewed three people I've met on my own travels; Rithy Keo, a supervisor at the Kien Khleang rehab center just outside Phnom Penh, enthusiastic conservationist Tom Evans, working in the forests of Mondulkiri, and Youk Chhang, the tireless and dedicated director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia. These three are just the tip of the iceberg of unsung heroes and heroines working to make a better Cambodia. But its a tough job and Coates makes that abundantly clear throughout her twenty-one chapters, in which she examines the past, present and future, dissecting Cambodia's many ills and its' hopes. This book is a must read for anyone seeking to delve below the flimsy veil of idyllic Cambodian life that most of the tourist hordes see and believe is the real Cambodia. They have little idea of what lies just below the surface.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Redfern on April 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Cambodia Now captures beauty in a traumatized country by focusing on individual Cambodians and their lives. This book goes far to explain how everyday Cambodians, not the power brokers and not the tour guides, are slowly recovering from the Khmer Rouge holocaust.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CJS on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book delves into many issues that Cambodia is facing today, leaving the reader with a greater knowledge of this country and its people. Through individual stories of regular Cambodian people to official interviews with government officials, this book covers it all.
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By David Bisiker on March 2, 2014
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I read this book before I visited Cambodia and found it very informative. This book is well worth reading if you are interested in visiting Cambodia or have an interest in the area.
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