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Cambodia Now: Life In the Wake of War
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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.
I would have liked a more recent update as this book ends it's story in 2003 or so. Cambodia and Laos rock!
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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... Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by David Bisiker
Following my first trip to Cambodia in 2008 I developed a strong interest in Cambodia and started reading books that related to the tragic Khmer Rouge history. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Mark Reibman