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Actors portray Neary (left) and her grandmother (right) in the premiere of I am a Daugther at Meta House last week.

A different path for women on the stage

Publication date 14 December 2017 | 23:13 | ICT

Neary has just passed her grade-12 exams with a “C”, enough to escape her rural hometown and pursue a university education in Phnom Penh – just like her older brother, though her grandmother wants her to marry the rich rice-mill owner

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  • ‘Little Frog’ makes leap from fighting octagon to big screen

    Publication date 14 December 2017 | 22:51 | ICT

    Oum Sam Tharoth remembers that during her first martial arts fight in 2014 she could see her parents crying from across the octagon as she took blow after blow from her opponent.

  • The Grilled Mackerel (left) and the Khmer Grilled Chicken Curry (right) at Pou Restaurant.

    ‘Countryside’ food reimagined as haute cuisine in Siem Reap

    Publication date 14 December 2017 | 07:47 | ICT

    In a refurbished Khmer wooden house, tucked away behind a pagoda, and across the river from the chaos of Siem Reap’s old market and Pub Street, 28-year-old chef Mork Mengly is reinventing Cambodian cuisine – though he’s too humble t

  • A late 1960s mural in Phnom Penh’s Wat Moha Montrei, painted by Maen Bun, shows use of Western perspective, according to The Khmer Pagoda.

    A couple’s quest to document Cambodia’s pagodas

    Publication date 13 December 2017 | 07:44 | ICT

    Danielle and Dominique-Pierre Guéret weren’t just bored when they decided to embark on a seven-year quest to meticulously document the architecture and painted murals of the Kingdom’s thousands of pagodas; they were set on calling a

  • Copies of Mekong Review inside the home of Minh Bui Jones, the magazine's editor, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 25, 2017. Mekong Review’s contributors include some of the best-known authors, journalists and academics who follow the region.

    Eluding censors, Mekong Review covers Southeast Asia’s literary scene

    Publication date 11 December 2017 | 15:41 | ICT

    At the capital’s Monument Books, the magazine racks are stacked with copies of The Economist and other titles from Britain, Australia, France and the US.

  • Singer Yorn Young at a press conference on December 5 discussing his new album. Heng Chivoan

    Singer Yorn Young looks to build bridges with music

    Publication date 12 December 2017 | 15:22 | ICT

    For Yorn Young, a songwriter and singer especially popular among Cambodian-Americans, music is not just about entertainment but also a means for reconciliation between countries.

  • A mural by local artist Kakada Yi of three people wearing traditional Lakhon Khol outfits.

    Phnom Penh walls get new coat of paint for third Urban Art Fest

    Publication date 08 December 2017 | 08:10 | ICT

    In the playground of the Krousar Thmey school in Boeung Keng Kang II on Wednesday afternoon, artist Simon Morda-Cotel, or Wose, sat on the second level of some makeshift scaffolding, methodically painting a wall.

  • A photo from the Sunderbans in the Bay of Bengal, where human habitation is worsening problems of land erosion and flooding. Photo supplied/Monica Tiwari

    Now in its 13th year, Angkor Photo Fest grows ‘family’ of photographers

    Publication date 08 December 2017 | 08:27 | ICT

    The longest-running photo festival in Southeast Asia is back in Temple Town with free workshops and exhibitions to showcase and develop photographic talent in Cambodia and abroad.

  • A photo of Sophy, who moved to Massachusetts as a child and is now an actor in Cambodia. ‘I walk into a room here or in America and they automatically assume I’m from somewhere else,’ he told van Kemenade. Photo supplied

    Exhibition tells story of those who return

    Publication date 07 December 2017 | 07:24 | ICT

    Family history and identity lie at the heart of a new exhibition opening tonight by Erik van Kemenade, an exploration of the homecoming of second generation Cambodians whose parents fled the Khmer Rouge.

  • The interior of Menaka, a hidden-away new lounge in Siem Reap.

    Lounge for the ages at Siem Reap’s Menaka

    Publication date 07 December 2017 | 07:21 | ICT

    Between Pub Street venues serving liquor-filled buckets and cheap beers, and mobile tuk-tuk bars slinging cheap cocktails, there is no shortage of drinking options in Siem Reap – unless you’re looking for an upscale-but-hip ambience

  • Bernadette Cheventon, founder of Soutien á L’Initiative Privée pour L’Aide á la Reconstruction.

    Libraries on wheels spread the words

    Publication date 06 December 2017 | 08:52 | ICT

    On Wednesday afternoons in Kandal village, a green van arrives in front of a house and is immediately swarmed by children – from toddlers to teenagers – shouting “Here comes the library! Here comes the library!”