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Around 4,000 university and vocational students from Cambodia went to East Germany in the 1980s.  PHOTO SUPPLIED

'To them, East Germany was a paradise'

Publication date 06 June 2014 | 09:41 | ICT

The Berlin Wall may have fallen 25 years ago, but nostalgia for East Germany lives on in the hearts of the thousands of Cambodians who took refuge in the communist state during the civil war of the 1980s.



  • Classic cinema: Silver screen legends in town for festival of film heritage

    Publication date 30 May 2014 | 08:34 | ICT

    International stars of cinema, from the French actress Catherine Deneuve to the award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen, will open the second annual Memory International Film Heritage Festival this weekend.

  • ‘We’ll break even after two years and make a profit after three’: Eileen McCormick and Chhoy Nareth are confident that beekeeping will bring cash.

    7 Questions with Eileen McCormick and Chhoy Nareth

    Publication date 23 May 2014 | 08:22 | ICT

    Royal University of Phnom Penh Masters of Development students Eileen McCormick, 27, and Chhoy Nareth, 31, want to set up Phnom Penh’s first commercial box beekeeping operation.

  • UNESCO’s Anne LeMaistre and APSARA’s conservator for Koh Ker, Sueng Kong.

    The relics of Koh Ker

    Publication date 23 May 2014 | 08:40 | ICT

    When archaeologists chose to dig around two stone pedestals at the western entrance of Prasat Chen in Koh Ker temple complex in August 2012, it was a turning point in Cambodia’s search for its lost antiquities.

  • Phnom Penh picks: The capital’s most scrumptious cupcakes put to the test

    Publication date 23 May 2014 | 08:42 | ICT

    Planning a party? Need to get into someone’s good books? These treats will keep any sweet tooth happy

  • Lighting glares above the tables.

    ‘Fine dining’ doesn’t fulfil its promise

    Publication date 23 May 2014 | 08:51 | ICT

    Phnom Penh has no shortage of Italian food: there is the cosy, deli-style Piccolo Italia da Luigi; the crispy pizzas at Limoncello and the fabulous gnocchi at Opera Café, washed down with red wine and jazz.

  • Calf for a Laugh.

    Artist makes mishmash of idols, despots

    Publication date 23 May 2014 | 08:48 | ICT

    Aptly named Odds Bobs, Hammer and Tongs, long-term expat and Kiwi Max Rex Fox’s new exhibition at Chinese House is a bit of a mishmash.

  • Razor wire and riot barriers surround Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park.

    No man’s land

    Publication date 23 May 2014 | 08:47 | ICT

    The landmark in the north of the city is synonymous with opposition protests, but away from the political stage are some moving human stories. Will Jackson reports on the homeless community whose lives have been uprooted by the authorities’ ban on public gatherings.

  • The ‘water art’ project gave children cameras to create their own art about water.

    Water-themed art proves thirsty work

    Publication date 23 May 2014 | 08:49 | ICT

    The sun beat down on the thirsty Spaniards as they pedalled their mountain bikes through dusty Banteay Meancheay province.

  • Developer Neil Stewart visited Cambodia to meet the people who would end up using his app.

    App designed by Scottish student set to help farmers in Cambodia

    Publication date 23 May 2014 | 08:54 | ICT

    What do farmers in Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear have in common with a 21-year-old computing student in Scotland? On first glance, not much.

  • Roti seller Bun Thach at work.

    Sweet roti seller a chip off the old block

    Publication date 16 May 2014 | 09:23 | ICT

    When thinking about roti what normally springs to mind is the Indian wholemeal flatbread used to scoop up curries.