What can young Cambodians do to preserve our Kingdom’s classical culture?

What can young Cambodians do to preserve our Kingdom’s classical culture?

Ou Monich, 19, first-year English Literature student at Cambodia International Corporation Institute
“I always try to catch any programming on classical art or music. For example, I like to listen to old Khmer songs when they’re on the TV or radio. Also, I encourage my friends who don’t support the arts to spend more time listening or watching to this kind of programming. I tell them that we need to protect our ancient national art, since we might lose it one day if we don’t work hard to appreciate it.”


Leng Channy, 24, an employee at Perfect Care
“It might sound crazy, but I take advantage of modern technology to spread knowledge of our classical heritage and art. That’s why I always share news about cultural preservation on Facebook with my friends. I have to say that from my point of view, young Cambodians are more interested in pop-culture than fine arts. Modern trends like K-pop music and styles could be a big concern in the future.”


Ngoun Soksan, 21, an employee at Great Alliances
“Although I do not have a strong interest in classical art, and my every-day surroundings don’t lend to it, I try to keep on learning about it as much as I can in my spare time. I enjoy participating in cultural festivities and holidays. When I travel, I make sure to see ancient artefacts and cultural heritage – and I always ask the guide to explain more. To keep our preservation of classical art strong, I think Cambodian youth should engage in a forum or campaign to raise awareness.”


Un Penh Sam Ath Panha, 19, second-year Law student at Royal University of Law and Economics
“I’ve loved classical art since I was young and I’m a former classical dancing student. I promote the arts by telling others about the advantages it provides. To promote youth interest, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport should add more hours devoted to the study of arts in school schedules. In addition, schools could start organising art contests in order to catch young Cambodians’ attention and encourage participation in the arts.”


Kheang Sros, 20, second-year Architecture student at Norton University
“I’m not really a fan of classical art myself, but my parents are – so I was introduced at an early age. To keep a lasting interest in classical art among Cambodian youth, we need to raise awareness. Young Cambodians should promote what they’ve learned and what they enjoy in this area. Also, there should be more access to classical art throughout the Kingdom so that everyone can enjoy it.”

MOST VIEWED

  • US names new ambassador to Cambodia

    US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by

  • Chinese influence to sweep Kingdom?

    Growing Cambodia-China ties have seen the latter’s influence sweep across the Kingdom through increased investments and tourism. The Asian giant has become the leading source of foreign funds in Cambodia, fuelling the construction sector with huge casino and hotel projects. Much of the growth

  • Final poll results confirm first single-party Assembly

    IN an unprecedented situation in Cambodian politics, the official results of the July 29 national elections have declared that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will take all 125 seats in the National Assembly on the back of it receiving 76 per cent of the votes. The National