Growing in a No Reading Culture

  • It is not that people stop to read books… it is that they are reading books in digital forms. 
  • In Cambodia there is not a culture of reading and the process must start by supporting schools and creating a national campaign on education. 

In Cambodia there is not a decline in the culture of reading books, as it is the case in many countries. They can say that during the last decade new generations read less and less books, but it is not the same in Cambodia. After the troublesome decades of wars and conflicts, there is not a culture of reading books and, frankly, there are very little efforts to promote reading. It comes especially in a time of crisis for the paper book before the advance of digitization. According to a report by Spanish blog Ser Escritor, only in Spain two bookstores are closed everyday, a phenomenon that happens in industrialized countries, while developing nations increase their consumption of books (Ordoñana, Merino y Mayoz, 2015.)


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Accident and people around just taking videos

Too many casinos in Cambodia, too many phones, motorbikes and cars… too few schools, too few teachers, too few campaigns to educate people on what really matters. The most shocking of this video is to see a young man dying in front to an iPhone camera and the guy recording doing nothing, just getting his image to post in his Facebook!

Hot Cambodia, a social view of the Tropics

The current intention to explain why tropical countries are poorer than those countries in the temperate zone could touch a big variety of proposals, some of them of arguable position. For example, Jeffrey D. Sachs exposes that tropical regions have low agricultural productivity and the burden of tropical diseases:

“As Sachs sees it, tropical regions face two related major ecological handicaps: low agricultural productivity and a high burden of disease. Tropical soils are typically depleted by the effects of heavy rainfall, for example, and tropical crops are beset by pests and parasites that thrive in hot climates without winter frosts. Similarly, warm climates favor the transmission of many tropical diseases that are borne by insects and bacteria.” (Bloomberg, 2001)

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Khmer language for Spanish people

  • An Introduction to the Khmer Language for Spanish people, a work of 15 years living in Cambodia.
  • Any income from the book will be used to sponsor children and youth studies in Cambodia.
  • You can find the book at the Bubok online bookstore.

I just published my book “Introduction to Khmer language for Spanish people.” It is a long story starting in 1999 when I arrived to Phnom Penh without speaking even English. Looking Khmer lessons for Spanish speaking people like me proved to be a difficult task. There was nothing. Cambodia and its Khmer culture was so unknown to the Spanish world as Spanish was a rare thing for most Cambodians at the time. I remember that I began to know some Cambodian professionals in Phnom Penh, who have studied in Cuba and could speak Spanish. Many of them were doctors, since many Cambodians went to study medicine in La Habana under the Vietnamese occupation. Back in Cambodia, they got good jobs in the capital with their Cuban wives and speaking a beautiful Caribbean Spanish. Meeting a Colombian was a wonder for them and one thought me Khmer for some time.

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Don’t take illegal pictures of people

  • Taking photos of people on public areas without their consent, can be considered espionage. 

If you come to Cambodia to take pictures of other foreigners to support campaigns such as the persecution of sexual offenders, you must know that it is considered espionage and thus it is a crime. Working in any organization to prevent or to persecute offenders, does not entitle you to take photos of persons without their consent. A good mission or a great ideal such as protecting children, does not give you the right to commit another crime that could be also abusive like defaming the name of a person that could be mostly innocent. Taking an illegal picture of a man would make him a suspect of a possible undergoing crime. Only the authorities are entitled to proceed in an investigation that includes the production of photographs, videos or audios of possible suspects. Even like that, authorities should respect the privacy of a possible suspect under the assumption that all persons are innocent until the contrary is not proven. It is especially delicate in Cambodia, because in our judicial system, every suspect is guilty until the contrary is not proven. In our Cambodian judicial system, judges and prosecutors keep as a goal to produce a jail sentence. Several Cambodian prosecution cases would not make a case in Japan, Europe and US, as they do in Cambodia and take any example.

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Online Shopping: the New Obsession?

  • Online shopping is getting its own place in modern Cambodia.
  • You don’t need visiting the marketplace, you don’t need keeping a track of the opening and closing time, and moreover you can shop on Sundays as well.

Online shopping has emerged as the new obsession of today’s generation. Shop from your home with just a few clicks and get what you desire, delivered at your doorsteps. Online shopping brings many benefits which make it an amazing choice for countless busy shoppers. It covers a wide range of benefits with convenience being the top priority, easy comparison and time saving capacity.

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