Where is Cambodian Culture Heading?

BY NATHALIE ABEJERO
Nov 15, 2010

Cambodians choose amnesia to deal with their country’s horrific past and reject their heritage for Western aspirations.

Mentors from within the country are still few relative to the boomer population post-Khmer Rouge, but this cadre is steadily growing, (thankfully) embracing their Khmer identity and taking the lead to advocate for it. Ever so slowly, foreigner guidance will give way to this new generation of elders. But it'll take entire lifetimes. In the meantime, a cultural schizophrenia guides the direction of progress in Cambodia...

 

The author is a Filipino-American in Cambodia. This post was originally published on Nathalie Abejero in April 2009.