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Low Salaries Stifle Education Reform Efforts

Sao Sothy’s home is small and the furniture is sparse. There are no tables or chairs. In one room, there is a small bed, but her family of four sleeps on mats in the living room. Hanging on the otherwise bare walls is Ms. Sothy’s teacher’s certificate.

Painted Photographs Explore Homes In Unusual Spaces

Home is where the paint is. At least it is in a new gallery by Fani Llaurado and Dina Chhan at the FCC Mansion in Phnom Penh, which opened Thursday evening. Black and white photographs capture Cambodians’ attempts to turn abandoned public spaces—a cinema, a hotel, a cemetery—into private living spaces.

Siem Reap Gains Its First Asian Tra­ditional Textile Museum

It was textiles that brought Indian traders to Southeast Asia over a millennium ago, and it was textiles that brought India and Cambodia together this week for the opening of the Asian Traditional Textiles Museum in Siem Reap City.

Capturing Corruption in Modern Cambodia

Towering temples and graceful apsaras are missing from a new Cambodia-themed photo show. Instead, camera lenses focused on corruption.

New Policy to Combat Corruption in Schools

The Education Ministry will reconfigure how it ranks high school graduates seeking placement at state universities as part of its campaign to promote accountability in the school system, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron announced on Friday.

Aspiring Filmmakers Face Developing Industry

Three weeks ago, Cambodia’s first Oscar nominee, director Rithy Panh, joined filmmakers around the world at the 86th Academy Awards.

New Loans Bring Risks, Rewards for Aspiring Students

Today, Puth Chakrya works in a factory. Tomorrow, she’d like to manage one. To get there, the 20-year-old has taken out one of the first student loans offered by Acleda Bank. She is now studying management at Svay Rieng University.

When School is Out, Streets Clog in Phnom Penh

Twice a day, traffic officer Troeung Sophoan takes his place at the intersection of Pasteur Street and Street 306 and braces for the predictable: a traffic jam as parents pick up their children from the British International School of Phnom Penh.

Women Find Their Voices Through Photography

Three weeks ago, Has Sreyna had not even picked up a camera. Now, strangers were admiring a photographer she had taken of her 75-year-old grandmother as she crouched on the hard-packed earth, staring at a smoking pot as she rested her head in her hand.

Angkor Wat Film Festival Reveals Burgeoning Youth Talents

The lights dimmed, the music began and for the next five minutes a crowd of about 400 people watched a film by two young Cambodian filmmakers on the importance of girls’ education.

Annual Angkor Wat Film Festival to Add Third Dimension

The idea for the Angkor Wat International Film Festival didn’t occur to Tom Vendetti when he was in Cambodia. The Emmy-winning filmmaker was focused on building a school with the help of Bernie Krisher, who traveled to Mr. Vendetti’s home state of Hawaii to help raise funds for the project.

Japan-Cambodia Cultural Festival Begins Tonight

During the 10th annual Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival, the focus will be on the “kizuna,” or bond in Japanese, between the two countries.

New Futuristic Tuk-Tuks Arrive on the Streets of Phnom Penh

Most tuk-tuk drivers have to continuously vie with each other to attract tourists’ attention, but Oung Hour gets it without even trying. As he stands on the sidewalk near the riverside, groups of tourists point at his bright mustard-yellow tuk-tuk, its smooth fiberglass body shaped like a jellybean—a slick, sci-fi-like model that’s a far cry from the traditional wooden kind.

Preah Vihear Photograph Wins Cambodian Trip to Thailand

For two hours a day for the past two months, Kao Punleu, 21, has logged on to Facebook and asked friends to “like” his photo of Preah Vihear temple.

Students Who Wish to Study in the US Still Facing Challenges

More than 400 Cambodian students hoping to study in the U.S. flocked to meet representatives from 27 American colleges at the U.S.-Cambodia Education Fair on Saturday in Phnom Penh.

Photo Exhibit Offers Cambodia a Glimpse of Life in Nicaragua

It might be a familiar scene for audiences in Cambodia: photos from a developing country moving past civil war, political turmoil and extreme poverty. But a new exhibit from Slovakian photographer Martin Bandzak isn’t a reflection of Cambodia, but a window into Nicaragua.

Oscar-Nominated Film Pushes Cambodia’s Censorship Limits

With its drugs, sex and swearing, the new Hollywood film “The Wolf of Wall Street” is testing the limits of what Cambodian censors will allow to be shown in the nation’s theaters.

Hoteliers Are Warming Up to Phnom Penh

Compared to the bustling tourist center of Siem Reap, Phnom Penh has long stood in second place as an investment destination for international hotel operations.

Hoteliers Bet on ‘Boutique’ to Reap Rewards

Today, Phnom Penh has about 30 hotels using the “boutique,” label, but their owners have almost as many definitions for just what that description means.

Cambodians Ranked Healthiest Eaters in World

Cambodia was ranked the best country in the world for healthy eating habits due to its low rates of diabetes and obesity, according to a report released Wednesday by Oxfam International.