Newspaper: Cambodia Daily and Phnom Penh Post

I found the following English newspaper particularly helpful: The Cambodia Daily and the Phnom Penh Post , which publishes biweekly. Recently, I found a number of articles that I found to be insightful with regard to cultural diversity.

Susan Font writes in an Phnom Penh Post (June 20 – July 3, page 6) article titled ‘Roll Call to teach nation’s youth’ about the government’s Education For All (EFA) program. One of the first paragraphs illuminates the relationship to current government strategy: “The twelve-year plan, which was launched on June 10, supports the government’s main poverty alleviation strategies: the Poverty Reduction Strategic Plan (PRSP) and the second Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDPII). These two focus on the importance of completing nine years of basic education, reducing costs, and encouraging disadvantaged groups such as females and ethnic minorities.”

The author goes into more detail of the EFA strategy and mentions that “a national scholarship system for girls will be introduced, and ethnic minorities will have culturally-tailored curricula which aim to preserve their local knowledge and make education relevant to their culture”.

This appears to be a honorable endeavor and sounds very progressive to me. Particularly given the common hostile attitude against particular minorities. However I will try to get hold of somebody who is designing this policy to learn how they do this. This is especially interesting because their does not seem to be much knowledge even about what language those people actually speak. The formulation that the program aims at ‘making education relevant to their culture’ is odd and would not be out of context with aggressively assimilation policies.

In the same issue of the same newspaper Michael Coren writes in an essay titled “What’s in a word? More to yuon than sour soup” about the widespread use of the term yuon even among top politicians. This term apparently refers to sour soup as well as to Vietnamese people. It has several notions but is apparently meant and felt like a racist insult in most contexts.

22 thoughts on “Newspaper: Cambodia Daily and Phnom Penh Post”

  1. hallo stefan,

    schnell ein kurzer gruss aus paris. ich schmökere nun seit fast drei stunden in deinem weblog rum, da wollte ich dir wenigstens ein minimum an feedback zukommen lassen.

    dein schreibeifer ist beeindruckend und ich find das alles ziemlich spannend. ich komm jetzt öfter.

    bin übrigens auch gerade mitten in einem spannenden abenteuer, hab vor kaum drei wochen eine tochter bekommen. mirko kommt übermorgen für eine woche her um sie sich mal genauer anzusehen.

    viele liebe grüsse. und bleib schön gesund.

  2. Stefan, Wie gehsts? Du bist verruckt!!! Guess where I am? In sunny Potsdam, sitting next to Christian. See you in February!!

  3. hi stefan…

    i saw yor website.. so thought i shoudl leave a message for you. it looks really nice .. proud of yoiu .. so do you maitian it or what? anyways.. i m in sunny california.. enjoying the waterside !! i hope to see you real soon in december.. take care and be in touch!!

  4. hey stefan….

    sorry for writing teh message teh wrong way. anyways.. right now .. im sunny cali .. having a nice time .. learning a lot but i miss you guys and hopefully i will see you very soon…

    take care.

  5. privjetchen,
    bin gerade mal am kieken jewesen,hab aber nich allet jeschafft,da otschen,otschen umfangreich..aber höchst interessant und jut jemacht.
    Hoffe es geht Dir gut….
    Ich melde mich dann nochmal über
    “normalen Weg”….
    Bis dann-und Gruß an Mahatma mahathama….G.

  6. Wow. Bin total begeistert. Your webpage is intresting & I learn alot. I like the picture-dokumentation – I just wish they were übersichtlicher.. Kann man da mit thumbnails nicht was nettes machen? Jedenfalls super das Du Dich wieder so einsetzt. I’m really impressed! Grüße aus Hamburg. *Larissa

  7. beeindruckende Bilder..

    Hallo Stefan,

    ein kurzer aber herzlicehr Gruß aus dem verdammt heißen Bergholz-Rehbrücke… Du hst wirklich sehr schöne Bilder auf Deiner Page. Die Gegend und die Natur in Cambodia müsen wohl beeindruckend sein… Laß es Dir weiterhin gut gehen, bleib gesund und erfolgreich… Ich drücke Dich ganz lieb…

    Dein Bruder Sebi

    PS: Zu der Angelegenheit mit Muttis 60. gibts demnächst eine ausführlichere Mail von mir….

  8. Dear sir,
    Iam p .sreekanth iam a indian and just return from cambodia last month . Ihave been cheated by indian by paying 2000usd to work in his company in phnompenh and the company name is santhosh import and export ltd Managing director is pandian mari muthu He has selected 15 candiates in india and collected from all rs 2000usd and brought phnompenh by saying he is having big company . After comming there there is notting and we have been cheated by the person. And we all are returned back.Now this month another 15 candiates have been cheated by him. So i request u that i want to report to cambodian media and paper also to publish aganist the criminal pandian marimuthu .So please send me all the details how to send all the details and how to contact cambodian post and phnompenh daily news paper to publish about our all 20candiates problems
    I waiting for u r good reply
    p.sreekanth

  9. Dear p.sreekanth,

    Very unfortunate what happened to you and your fellow candidates.

    Unfortunately I cannot help you with that as I am not affiliated with Cambodian newspapers and on top, I am currently in Canada. Too bad also that you did not provide valid contact information, so I can respond only here.

    I suggest you contact Cambodia Daily and PP Post directly, try their homepages:

    http://www.cambodiadaily.com/

    http://www.phnompenhpost.com/

    Best of luck,
    Stefan

  10. to,
    stefan
    Sorry acutails i dont know to whom should i must send the message to publish my problem in phn daily.
    Thanks to reply me .
    ( sreekanth )

  11. Dear Sreekanth,

    Unfortunately I don’t know how you can contact Cambodian newspapers, other than through the links to their homepages (above).

    Best of luck,
    Stefan

  12. Hi There!

    I came across your Cambodia Log by chance, and after eading your “Newspaper: Cambodia Daily and Phnom Penh Post” article, I can’t help but offer the following comments:

    I find the Westerners’ understanding of the term Yuon intriguing. How they come to the conclusion that it’s a racist term is beyond me – a native speaker of the Khmer language.
    For the responses to Michael Coren’s article, google for “Don’t impoverish our language” and “Alternative, Yuan Ma”

    Cheers
    T U

  13. Hi TU,

    Thanks for you comments.

    Not being a Khmer speaker I cannot really comment on the subtleries of the term but when talking to Khmers and Vietnamese alike, I learn that they condider and use the term derogatively and offensively.

    Rassist or not I’d rather not use it.

    Thanks,
    Stefan

  14. Hi Stefan,

    As per my earlier email, thanks for your response, I do appreciate it.
    I understand your point of view, and your decision not to use the “term”.

    Many expatriates (I believe you were not an expat, but a visitor who enjoyed his trips thourougly) believe that Yuon is derogative and offensive, and those who use that term are racists, and I simply refute that assertion.

    Regards
    TU

  15. hi ,
    this is shareef from india , last four months back i have paid nearly 1000 us dollor for a indian firm company name santhosh import and export pvt ltd in phnompenh . The managing director of company has received money last four months back and still he didnt send us visa . All 25 members are facing same problem and paid huge amount . so i request u to please suggest me to how to publish in news paper what fromalites to file case aganist him in cambodia. I request u to please help his message to publish in all news paper in cambodia to arrest him soon. We are going to report indian external affairs to help us as soon as possible

    thanking you
    shareef
    ( india )

  16. hi ,
    this is shareef from india , last four months back i have paid nearly 1000 us dollor for a indian firm company name santhosh import and export pvt ltd in phnompenh . The managing director of company has received money last four months back and still he didnt send us visa . All 25 members are facing same problem and paid huge amount . so i request u to please suggest me to how to publish in news paper what fromalites to file case aganist him in cambodia. I request u to please help his message to publish in all news paper in cambodia to arrest him soon. We are going to report indian external affairs to help us as soon as possible

    thanking you
    shareef
    ( india )

  17. Hi Shareef,

    I am sorry to hear what happened to you and I hope you will get this sorted out. Unfortunately I cannot think of anything I could contribute though.

    Best of luck,
    STefan

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