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In Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh, writer and independent publisher Anne Elizabeth Moore brings her experience in the American cultural underground to Cambodia, a country known mostly for the savage extermination of around 2 million of its own under the four-year reign of the Khmer Rouge.

Following the publication of her critically acclaimed book Unmarketabl
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96 pages
Published September 2011 by CantankerousTitles.com (first published August 1st 2011)
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Kimberly
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this book because I thought it would be more from the point of view of the actual Cambodian girls...wrong. I've been to Cambodia so already knew the history. It just wasn't the oral history type book I thought it would be, but I enjoyed it all the same.
Tatyana Kagamas
The most charming parts of the book come in Anne Elizabeth Moore's interactions with the vibrant Cambodian teenagers she is collaborating with. Moore's portrayal of the girls' excitement, interests, challenges and daily lives is fascinating, exciting, empathetic and often quite funny.

I do, however, find certain parts of the book problematic. The beginning and middle sections are largely composed of Moore's impressions of Cambodian culture and how the country's history impacts its present. These
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Veronica
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It looks cute, but it packs a punch.
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Disclaimer: I consider Anne Elizabeth Moore a friend and partner in crime. So my gloating about how awesome this book is should be taken with an industrial sized grain of salt. Or maybe not, because it is true.

The full title of the book is Cambodian Grrrl: Self Publishing in Phnom Penh. But this book is neither about Cambodia nor self-publishing. Rather it is about love.

Sure, Anne heads out to Cambodia and meets up with a g
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Tech
Oct 05, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm already feeling conflicted about this.
Rick Silva
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Anne Elizabeth Moore recounts her time living in a girls college dormitory in Phnom Penh, where she taught a class on zine-making. The connections between zines and Southeast Asia were an immediate hook for me, as both are among my areas of interest.

The author packs a lot of insights into a relatively thin volume. From feminism to punk culture to consumerism, to the culture of haggling to government corruption to the legacy of the Pol Pot regime, Moore gives a rapid-fire exchange of views
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Malcolm
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fabulous small book operates at several levels and packs a punch for doing so: it is a travelogue of an unsettling kind, a text of feminist practice, an example of cultural politics in action, a justification of a punk sensibility-of-subversion and a tale of the politics of national amnesia. In it, Anne Elizabeth Moore (and here I have to confess to a bit of fandom – Punk Planet, which she edited and that I stumbled upon from time to time on travels away from my small South Pacific homeland ...more
Tobi
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
What happens when punk rock feminism travels across international borders?

Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh tells the story of Anne Elizabeth Moore's trip to Cambodia to teach zine making to teenage girls. I saw Anne read at the Olympia Timberland Library before I read Cambodian Grrrl. I remember feeling like the audience for the book was white, privileged Americans and wondered if her reading would have differed had the crowd at the library been more diverse. Reading the book, I qu

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Jake Gest
What can I say about this book? It wasn't a subject matter I would normally pick up. A friend had suggested it, not because she had read it, but because she was familiar with the author and knew that I have enjoyed some zine publications by other authors in the past. I was surprised that my total lack of knowledge on Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. I don't feel like I learned a lot about those things from reading this, but it didn't seem to be the auth ...more
Cinnamon
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have one major complaint with this book. I managed to read this book while eating dinner one night and breakfast the next day. Which means: this book was TOO SHORT! I think Anne would disagree with me, but I really would have liked for it to be at least twice as long. I wanted to read all of the students' zines, not just a sample. I want to know what they think about zines now. I want to know how many people they shared Anne's training with. I want to know how they giggle so much. I want to kn ...more
E. V.  Gross
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted more of the girls' voices to come through in this book. I mostly felt that it was bogged down by the author's perspective, which was what I was worried about when I first picked up this book and read the title/description. I expected Cambodian Grrrl to be a collection of self-published zines but really it was a story about the author's relationship with Cambodia, Cambodian history and the girls that she met/helped. It's an okay story, but not completely what it claims to be, or rather, ...more
Zoe Zolbrod
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A charming, heart-felt, light and heavy little book. Highly recommend to anyone interested in travel, South East Asia, the intersection of American cultural imperialism and celebration of self-expression.
James Payne
Very enjoyable / made me want to make a zine.
Victoria Law
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tore through it in one night. A really engaging read and a good eye opener for those with very little knowledge about Cambodia.
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Anne Elizabeth Moore is an award-winning cultural critic. The Fulbright scholar and Truthout columnist behind Ladydrawers: Gender and Media in the US is also the author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity (The New Press, 2007), Hey Kidz, Buy This Book (Soft Skull, 2004), Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles, 2011), Hip Hop Apsara (Green Lantern Press, ...more