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Cambodia

praCh

Called the “pioneer of Khmer Rap” and “Cambodia’s first rap star” by Newsweek, praCh (Prach Ly) was born in Cambodian refugee camps at the end of the Khmer Rouge...

Kong Nay

Kong Nay was born in 1944 in Kampot Province and is a master performer of the chapei dang weng, a traditional long-necked, two-stringed guitar. Blind from the age of four as a result of smallpox,...

Soth Polin

Soth Polin was born in 1943 in Kompong Cham province to a middle-class, intellectual family that spoke French and Khmer. His great-grandfather was the poet Nou Kan. Throughout his youth, he...

Kham Pun Kimny

Kham Pun Kimny wrote about urban and political life in Phnom Penh during the 1960s and 1970s. He is the author of Control Yourself: Don't Cry, Don't Laugh—Philosophies of the Strange...

Queen Indradevi

Queen Indradevi (late twelfth century–early thirteenth century) is celebrated as one of Cambodia’s first known Khmer women poets. She is the author of the Sanskrit poem inscribed on...

Kong Bunchhoeun

Kong Bunchhoeun was born in 1939 in Battambang province and grew up during the French Occupation, the Japanese Occupation, and the struggles following independence. “In my crib, my lullabies...

U Sam Oeur

U Sam Oeur was born in Svay Rieng province in 1936. He spent his childhood herding water buffalo and tending rice paddies in the Cambodian countryside. He was later educated under the French...

Ukñā Suttantaprījā Ind (Oknha Sottanpreychea Oen)

Ukñā Suttantaprījā Ind (Oknha Sottanpreychea Oen) (1859–1924) was a pivotal intellectual and influential poet in the emergence of a modern Cambodian language,...

Trent Walker

Trent Walker received a BA in Religious Studies from Stanford University in 2010. He spent two years in Cambodia researching Khmer and Pali "Dharma songs" (dharm pad or smūtr) in...

Siti Keo

Siti Keo is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, in the history department. She conducted fieldwork for her dissertation in Cambodia from 2007 to 2010. Her area of...
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