Loung Ung's Blog
March 7, 2016
Phnom Penh Post: Some half a million people are thought to have been forced into marriages by the Khmer Rouge, but because of the nature of the crime many victims have found the subject particularly difficult to discuss. As members of these forced unions grow more comfortable talking about their experiences, and the Khmer Rouge tribunal hears testimony on the subject, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge
July 23, 2015
BY Anne Field For Forbes
You can call it the Airbnb of unusual travel experiences. But that wouldn’t really do this social enterprise justice.
Backstreet Academy is a one-year-old peer-to-peer online platform through which tourists visiting Asia can sign up for experiences unique to that locale, activities the usual sightseer wouldn’t take part in. (Examples: cooking tarantulas, which apparently is a big thing in Cambodia; fishing on the Mekong; wood carving in Kathmandu; wine-making in Laos.)
Cambodian –born Author, Activist and Lecturer Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge ordered the evacuation of her home city of Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975.
Four years of violent warfare and genocide ensued. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, two million Cambodians lost their lives, including Loung’s parents and two sisters.
A decade ago Siem Reap was the place where you stayed, ate and grabbed a beer or two between explorations of Cambodia’s 12th-century temple complex Angkor Wat. Now the city that Angkor made is something of a destination itself, luring visitors with a lively and varied dining scene, stylish hotels, genial residents and a laid-back river town ambience. Add a growing community of Cambodian and international artists, performers and designers reviving traditional arts and experimenting with new means of creative expression (the Angkor Wat International Film Festival celebrated its fourth year in February; the Angkor Photo Festival runs in December) and you’ve got an ideal short-break city, whether or not the temples are on your agenda.
June 5, 2015
By DENIS D. GRAY April 11, 2015 10:35 AM
PARIS (AP) — Twelve helicopters, bristling with guns and U.S. Marines, breached the morning horizon and began a daring descent toward Cambodia’s besieged capital. Residents believed the Americans were rushing in to save them, but at the U.S. Embassy, in a bleeding city about to die, the ambassador wept.
May 21, 2015
At the end of tonight’s Survivor: Worlds Apart Reunion Jeff Probst announced the title and cast for next season, titled Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance. (Check out the fancy new logo above!)
May 18, 2015
By Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News–17 May 2015
In the villages of Kandal province, instead of bright, bouncing children, Dr Charles found many were small and weak with slow mental development.
Women were suffering from tiredness and headaches, and were unable to work.
Pregnant women faced serious health complications before and after childbirth, such as haemorrhaging.
Ever since, Dr Charles has been obsessed with iron