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Month: August 2006 (page 1 of 2)

Conversation of Cambodian Webloggers

According to a research report released recently by Pew Internet, most webloggers don’t consider themselves doing journalism. In most cases they are not up to what a journalist does. In Cambodian blogosphere, there exists a series of interviews done by digital citizens playing the role of citizen’s media.

Chan Bopha, a Cambodian woman in Japan, does a self-interview to tell a story about herself. One among many other questions Chan Bopha asks: “did you have boyfriend?” In her response, she lets us know that Cambodian conservation culturally does not allow woman having boyfriend before getting married, unlike people in Europe.

In August, media student Vanndeth spoke to Cambodian native Lim Borey, who currently is pursuing higher education in Malaysia. The interview provides an insight into Borey’s life as an outstanding university student. That is something that you cannot find frequently in local newspapers.

Learning from reports that Cambodian young citizens are ignorant tof their own history, in particular about the Khmer Rouge regime that murdered several millions, PR at Forver in Trasit tries to find out the fact through an email interview with a Cambodian young blogger. That said, PR is a Cambodian living in the U.S, and he is using the power of the Internet to interview Kalyan, who is an student in Cambodia speaking fluent English.

There are many reports that said that Cambodian youths are complacent, ignorant of Khmer history (especially the Khmer Rough Era), and too materialistic. Despite all these claims, I find the opposite with the Cambodian youth I meet. I’m often struck by the talent, enthusiasm, hard work, vision, and patriotism Cambodian youths have. Their sense of optimism for a better Cambodia and a better tomorrow are infectious. They display their patriotism and their pride of their culture on their sleeves.

Phil Lees, an Australian national and editor of Cambodian food weblog Phnomenon, posted an account of conversation he had with his counterpart, Mylinh Nakry Danh, who maintains Khmer Krom Recipes site. Phnomenon is the only Cambodian food weblog, and it was recently shorlisted in Best Asian Food Blog at AsiaPundit.

Last but not least, long-time expat weblogger Jinja at ‘webbed feet, web log‘ has more links on the interviews previously conducted with Cambodia webloggers.

This weblog post was first published on Global Voices Online on August 20th, 2006.

Back to School

In the second week of this August I will go back to life as a student once again. I restart school after my university graduation in mid 2004. I have been quite fascinating in some amazing things, enjoying and experimenting so many curiosities, in this long period of time. Well, from now my free time beyond my job comes to its end. But I am starting fresh. I am going to spend my available time attending Diploma in Buddhism, a Buddhist Studies Program, at Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University.
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In Which Google Conquer the World of the Web

by defeating arch-rival Amazon, an American electronic commerce company based in Seattle, and online auction and shopping eBay, at least in fiction in a magazine in the next couple of years.

The very first paragraph of the overview of Google mission is simply: Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google did not came out of nothing, but a small start-up. For most people, how the online company dominate the web is something exciting, when we see the pace of growing and how steps have been taken, particularly in these last few years — after the Internet gold rush was gone. The development surprises us all, let alone well and long time established Microsoft en Yahoo!. But how Google came to existence is more interesting. Paul Ford wrote “August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web“.

South Korea and Japan Tourists to Cambodia Made the Top List

In the first six months of this year South Korea tourists to Cambodia are on the top of the list, followed by Japan and the United States.
However the numbers of tourists from the United Kingdom and France declined. In other news, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia launched e-Visa that enables travellers from around the world to apply for a Cambodia travel visa via the web. Surprisingly to see the development of the whole world going paperless and that I am sometimes left a bit behind. It was in late 2005 that I realized that electronic flight ticket available in our real world.
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Old Classmates

Some of my old classmates at Beng Trabek (Lake of Guava) high school. Graduated in 1999 and rarely meet since then. Just last month that we had several gatherings. Continue reading

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