The latest in verse from around the Mekong Region.
Myanmar was born under a dark star, emerging into independence on January 4, 1948 – and almost immediately falling apart.
‘The story I wish to tell is [my mother’s],’ wrote Duras in the 1940s, ‘that astonishing mystery, never fathomed …’
Years after reading Orwell’s 1984, I came across a Winston Smith, a clerk who erased ‘unpersons.’
At 3.30am, Victor Koppe, international defence counsel for the ideological mastermind of the Khmer Rouge, emerges from behind the iron gates of his house.
Pacific: The Ocean of the Future – all empires inevitably fade, and the drawing down of French influence in Southeast Asia took place swiftly after WWII, with the US stepping in to take its place.
The legacy of Kambujasuriya, Cambodia’s first Khmer-language literary journal.
Since this house was built, Cambodia’s name has changed half a dozen times and a clamouring of ideologies have had their day.
‘Lived Buddhism’ is radically different from the textual tradition and Buddhism of popular imagination.
When we talk or write about Phnom Penh, we evoke three themes: nostalgia, destruction, and unplanned reconstruction.