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Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War

Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War

by Karen J. Coates


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Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786420513
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Map of Cambodia 12


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

Afterword 333

Glossary 337

People, Places and Names 339

Organizations 341

Cambodian Time Line 343

Notes 347

Selected Bibliography 365

Index 377

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