Khmer performers poised for reopening, Malaysia’s master wildlife artist

Traditional Khmer performing arts persevered through the pandemic and are preparing for the Kingdom’s tourist reopening. In Malaysia, Choo Beng Teong has spent decades observing and painting the vast array of birds that populate his first book. Fellow Malaysian Dee May Tan is heading into year two of her food culture magazine Plates, which provides an Asian perspective on Asian foods. Looking back in history, the Haiphong massacre of November 1946 highlighted brutal French colonialism in Vietnam. Finally, this week saw Cambodia host the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) conference of national representatives from both continents tackling a range of complicated issues.

Into the future

In 20 years time, Cambodia will be as unrecognisable to us as our present would have been to our parents. Join us every Wednesday for a glimpse of what that future could look like – and what we have to do to make that happen.

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While the countries of Southeast Asia have made great strides in school enrollment and retention rates, disparities in school access and quality are still holding back students in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. The hardest-hit are those already marginalised — whether by poverty or geography, ethnic bias or inadequate resources, the challenges facing these youths are hurting their ability to learn.
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Caring for Cambodia, in collaboration with the Southeast Asia Globe, explore the issues still present in the country’s education sphere. But also, importantly, shine a light on the immense steps made and the work being done to bring education and hope to generations of Cambodians to come.
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As part of Future Forum’s Cambodia 2040 project, many of the Kingdom’s brightest young minds have come together to lay out their vision for building a nation where everyone is free to learn, grow, work and live to their full potential. From the classrooms our children learn in, to the farms their food is grown on, and the regional politics shaping their futures.
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No child deserves to grow up knowing only fear and want. In partnership with Friends International, Southeast Asia Globe has produced a series investigating the changing face of child protection in Cambodia.
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