Welcome to LIFT issue 20

Welcome to LIFT issue 20

For our 20th issue, Lift’s writers and reporters look into what it means to be Khmer in the 21st century, and how Khmer youth are mixing traditional Khmer values with influences coming in from other countries. Dressing in Korean styles or listening to American music does not make you any less Khmer; it just means that you are tuned into a global culture facilitated by advancements in media and technology. Many Khmer youth feel as though they are caught between being a foreigner and being Khmer, but at Lift we think that you can embrace Western culture and still be just as “Cambodian” as your parents. Cultures change, countries become more exposed to other cultures and the way in which we identify ourselves changes as well. What it means to be Khmer is changing, and in this issue we discuss the identity of the Kingdom’s youth.

The identity of Lift is changing by the week as well. We began with five or six writers, and now we have nearly 30 contributors. Most of our writers come from the Department of Media and Communications at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, but we would love to expand the number of voices that are part of Lift. Contribute your ideas to our discussion on Facebook or send story ideas to [email protected] and you can see your name in print. As we move into the future, Lift will continue to publish only young Cambodian authors, writing about events and issues relevant to today’s Cambodian youth. We want you to find a way to contribute your ideas to us. You can start by telling us about your identity in this week’s discussion on our Facebook page.

MOST VIEWED

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • PM warns EU and opposition on 34th anniversary of his rule

    HUN Sen reached the milestone of 34 years as Cambodian prime minister on Monday and used the groundbreaking ceremony for a new ring road around Phnom Penh to tell the international community that putting sanctions on the Kingdom meant killing the opposition. “Please don’t forget