Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War

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Cambodia has never recovered from its Khmer Rouge past. The genocidal regime of 1975-1979 and the following two decades of civil war ripped the country apart. This work examines Cambodia in the aftermath, focusing on Khmer people of all walks of life and examining through their eyes key facets of Cambodian society, including the ancient Angkor legacy, relations with neighboring countries (particularly the strained ones with the Vietnamese), emerging democracy, psychology, violence, health, family, poverty, the environment, and the nation's future.

Along with print sources, research is drawn from hundreds of interviews with Cambodians, including farmers, royalty, beggars, teachers, monks, orphanage heads, politicians, and non-native experts on Cambodia. Dozens of exquisite photographs of Cambodian people and places illustrate the work, which concludes with a glossary of Cambodian words, people, places and names, and an appendix of organizations providing aid to Cambodia.

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Editorial Reviews

Pacific Affairs Journal
Wildlife Conservation Magazine
in this moving book, illustrated with Redfern's photos, Coates depicts the spunk, the verve, and the color of a resilient and optimistic people
The Montanan
an impressive of a few publications to focus on life in Cambodia today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786420513
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/29/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,277,585
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Karen J. Coates is a journalist and media trainer and the 2011 T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Montana. She writes for a variety of newspapers, magazines and journals around the world and lives in Peralta, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

1 War remnants : mines and desperation 15
2 Leaving Cambodia : passing the test 34
3 Genocide : ghosts on the porch 41
4 Angkor : an empire in ruins 50
Interlude : Siem Reap to Phnom Penh 67
5 Neighbors and borders : enemies through time 70
Interlude : the admiral's house 88
6 Kampuchea Krom : the land next door 90
7 Anlong Veng : beyond the Khmer Rouge 97
Interlude : Bond and Than 106
8 Democracy : Rice and rights 111
Interlude : Sam and Vic 127
9 Violence and crime : blood in the street 130
Interlude : a runner's course 138
10 Psychology : after the tragedy 142
11 The wanderers : a people uprooted 152
12 Women : the lesser sex 165
13 Children : born against odds 175
14 Health : living against odds 199
Interlude : dog bite 214
15 Pollution : sewage and waste 218
16 Environment : threats in the wild 233
17 The fringe : people on the edge 253
18 The crossroads : tugged in two directions 279
19 Development : building on quicksand 291
Interlude : cops and dogs 299
20 Heroes : doing it their way 302
21 Prospects : no easy peace 325
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