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Who are the Sanxing (Three Stars)

Traveling through Asia and in countries like Cambodia, you meet in Chinese or Tao temples the statues of three old men at the altar:

Sanxing at Bokor Mountain

This picture was taken at the Dragon of the Mountain Taoist Temple on Bokor Mountain, Kampot. At the center of the altar we find the Sanxing, in Chinese means “Three Stars”. Following the Chinese way of reading from right to left, the first one is Fu, the one of the middle is Lu and the last one at the left is Shou. Who are these three venerated men? They represent prosperity (Fu), status (Lu) and longevity (Shou). This veneration is traced from the time of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Read More…

The Cambodian palm sugar

One homemade product that deserves to be known in Cambodia: the palm sugar. How the farmer goes up to the palm, the traditional technics and cooking of one delicious local beverage. Watch this video produced in Kampot Province by students of social communication and journalism of Don Bosco Hatrans in Kep.

Cambodian perception 2015

  • Cambodians think that there are too many migrants, Muslims and Christians in the country and that 33 % of Cambodians are working abroad. These wrong perceptions can come from lack of information or bias. 

“Perceptions are not reality” is the slogan of the 2015 survey by Ipsos MORI’s on Perils of Perception in 33 countries of the six continents, excluding Cambodia. The study asked questions such as obesity, non-religious, immigration, 25-34 living with parents, average age, population aged under 14, female politicians, female employment, rural living and internet access and built a table – the index of ignorance – from the least to the most accurate countries in their perception over those realities. Ipsos MORI chose the two Asian giants, India and China for the research, discovering that India is the second least accurate country after Mexico, and China got a good place: 25 out of 28, overcome by Poland, Ireland and South Korea.

Cambodian men

Cambodia is estimated to be one of the Asian countries with the youngest population of the continent for the rest of the century.

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Who would survive a global distaster

After watching this interesting documentary, I ask a question: Who would survive a global disaster, whatever it could be?

After Armageddon is a 2010 drama-documentary directed and written by Stephen Kemp. It shows the drama of a L.A. typical American family that has to survive the aftermaths of a flu pandemic that kills half of the North American population. Follow by the observation of different experts, the documentary describes what would happen if all what we consider secure in the cities just start to disappear like water, food, electricity, means of communication and security. It shows once more that we are living in the Martian Habs like in The Martian movie. The drama of the Johnson and their son, seeing how their protected world of technologies is gone and they don´t know what to do, makes me think in how a typical Cambodian family would react in similar situation – extending this example to many other natural societies about the world, especially in developing countries. Read More…

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