- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: McFarland & Company; First Edition edition (March 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786420510
- ISBN-13: 978-0786420513
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cambodia Now: Life In the Wake of War First Edition Edition
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About the Author
Author Karen J. Coates is a journalist and media trainer and the 2011 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Montana. She writes for a variety of newspapers, magazines and journals around the world and lives in Peralta, New Mexico.
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I would have liked a more recent update as this book ends it's story in 2003 or so. Cambodia and Laos rock!
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.