Welcome to LIFT issue 19

Welcome to LIFT issue 19

Now that we are fully recovered from Khmer New Year festivities, we at Lift are feeling great about the magazine and even better about our awesome readers! In our first Facebook discussion, we had fantastic participation from readers who had intelligent and interesting ideas about the role of religion in Cambodia. You can see some of the highlights in this week’s magazine, and the whole thing on our Facebook site (search for Lift Cambodia), which now has more than 400 fans. This week we will be hosting a discussion on music in Cambodia. Please join in!

Our music issue is not only about the songs and artists that are popular today; it is about how you can become a star in the future. We review options and advice for youth who want to become musicians and make songs that will let them share their ideas with the world. We also have a profile of a Khmer-American who has already used her musical talent, along with the internet, to make her voice heard around the world.

In a country where literacy is quite low, music is not only important to keep Cambodian culture alive, but also to communicate with the population. We investigate the role of music in Cambodian politics, as well as the ways in which traditional Khmer music has lasted through the decades. The tools that the we use to get and listen to music are also changing, and Lift reviews the modern music scene and how it is experienced by young people. Last but not least, our queen of cool, Simila Pan, shares her knowledge of what is on the cutting edge of music.


  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman