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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…

Recommendations about living in Cambodia

      Some friends asked me to write about living in Cambodia, as I have lived here for more than 16 years already. My first recommendation would be, please don’t come to live in Cambodia. Actually I feel as Heinrich Harrer of the Jean-Jacques Annaud’s movie ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ (1997), though I had doubled that time record. To start, I did not come to live in Cambodia just because I was looking for a new life or to settle in a new country, but because I joint a Missionary Institute to go to the most farthest frontier of the world to make a small contribution to Humanity, so I am an atypical expatriate.

16 Years in Cambodia

If you want to walk in Cambodia, walk with Cambodians.

      Why somebody would like to come to live in Cambodia? There are plenty of countries that could be a better option, for example, Hawaii or Colombia.  Read More…

The Principalities of Chenla Kingdom

Those who visit the Angkorian Temples in Siem Reap, remain in admiration of a glorious past. For many, it is an unexpected event in a country that is at the bottom of the poorest of Asia, with a troublesome time of wars and conflicts right few decades ago. How is it possible that this 11th century wonders seem to be unknown in the rest of the world, when they keep the same grandeur of more famous ancient treasures in Egypt, Middle East, China, South America and Europe?

            Definitively, the Temples of Angkor – thousands of them spread from Siem Reap Province to the four cardinal directions of an ancient Empire – are the remains of a great history and great histories are made by great people. The Khmers of today, striving to overcome poverty in many ways, are descendants of that mysterious time where Cambodia was one of the leading powers of East Asia Pacific. Read More…

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