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Posted by: | Posted on: July 5, 2013

យុវជនខ្មែរនៅកូរ៉េខាងត្បូងនិងសម្រែកដើម្បីការផ្លាស់ប្តូររបស់ពួកគេ

យុវជនខ្មែរនៅកូរ៉េខាងត្បូងនិងសម្រែកដើម្បីការផ្លាស់ប្តូររបស់ពួកគេ

Youth in Korea Stain of Blood

Blood stain from the fingers of those youths to inscribe on the white paper to express and swear in front of the top leader of CNRP of how much they love their Cambodia motherland.
Courtesy of facebook’s Phanit’s profile

មនុស្សជាច្រើនបានចាប់អារម្មណ៍ចំពោះការចូលរួមនយោបាយរបស់យុវជនខ្មែរនៅកូរ៉េខាង ត្បូង។ ជាក់ស្តែង ពិធីរៀបចំទទួលបដិសណ្ឋារកិច្ចអ្នកនយោបាយសំខាន់ៗ ជាពិសេសលោក សម រង្ស៊ី ដែលជាប្រធានគណបក្សសង្រ្គោះជាតិកាលពីថ្ងៃទី២ មិថុនា ២០១៣ គឺបានទាក់ទាញ អារម្មណ៍របស់មហាជនជាខ្លាំងតាមរយះពត៌មាននិងបណ្តាញសង្គម។ កម្មវិធីមួយ ក្នុង ចំណោមកម្មវិធីជាច្រើន គឺការយកឡាមអាសាច់បង្ហូរឈាមដើម្បីសរសេរប្រយោគខ្លីៗនៅ លើផ្ទាំងក្រដាសស មានឧទាហរណ៍ដូចជា យើងស្រឡាញ់មាតុភូមិខ្មែរ ខ្មែរស្រឡាញ់ខ្មែរ និង មេដឹកនាំខ្មែរត្រូវមានភាពស្មោះត្រង់និងមានគុណធម៌ ជាដើម។

ទង្វើរដ៏ក្លាហាននេះបានពញ្ញាក់ស្មារតីខ្មែរទូទាំងពិភពលោក។ នៅពេលដែលពត៌មានក្នុងស្រុក គាំទ្រគណបក្សគ្រប់គ្រងអំណាចសរសេរថាលោកសម រង្ស៊ី ញុះញង់ក្រុមយុវជនដែលជា កម្មករអោយអាសាច់សំរក់ឈាមខ្លួនឯង យុវជនដែលជាវាគ្មិនសំរាប់កម្មវិធីបានចេញមក បដិសេធន៍តាមរយះវីដេអូខ្លីនៅតាមហ្វេសប៊ុក នូវការចោទប្រកាន់នោះ ដោយអះអាងថា ការធ្វើដូច្នោះគឺឈុតឆាកសំដែងរបស់ក្រុមសំដែងមួយដែលធ្វើឡើងដោយការស្ម័គ្រចិត្ត មិន មែនជាការអូសទាញឡើយ។

យោងតាមក្រសួងក្ការងារនិងបណ្តុះបណ្តាលវិជ្ជាជីវៈរបស់កម្ពុជាបានបញ្ជាក់ថាក្នុងរវាងតែ ជាង៥ខែប៉ុណ្ណោះក្នុងអំឡុងឆ្នាំ២០១២ មានកម្មករចំនួន៤៩៩៨នាក់បានចាកចេញពីប្រទេស ដើម្បីទៅធ្វើការស្របច្បាប់នៅប្រទេសកូរ៉េខាងត្បូង ហើយចំនួនកម្មករធ្វើចំណាកស្រុកទៅកូរ៉េ នេះមានការកើនឡើងយ៉ាងខ្លាំង។ ជាច្រើនឆ្នាំកន្លងទៅនេះ ថៅកែកូរ៉េពេញចិត្តជាខ្លាំងនូវភាព អត់ធ្មត់ក្នុងការងារនិងការទទួលខុសត្រូវរបស់កម្មករខ្មែរបើប្រៀបទៅនឹងសញ្ជាតិផ្សេងៗចំនួន១៥សញ្ជាតិ។ ដូចេ្នះ តំរូវការសំរាប់កម្មករខ្មែរមានចំនួនទ្វេរឡើង ក្នុងខណះដែលលក្ខណ្ឌការ ងារនិងថ្លៃប្រាក់ឈ្នួលល្អជាងប្រទេសផ្សេងៗដែលមានកម្មករខ្មែរធ្វើចំណាកស្រុកទៅ។

សព្វថ្ងៃមានកម្មការប្រមាណជាង៣ម៉ឺននាក់កំពុងធ្វើការនៅកូរ៉េខាងត្បូង។ កម្មករទាំងនោះធ្វើ ការនៅតាមសហគ្រាសផ្សេងៗមានដូចជាសេវាកម្ម រោងចក្រ កសិកម្ម សំណង់និងសិប្បកម្ម ទៅតាមសមត្ថភាពខាងភាសានិងជំនាញរបស់ពួកគេ។ ប្រាក់ខែរបស់ពួកគេគឺស្ថិតក្រោម រវាងពី ១២០០ទៅ២៨០០ដុល្លាក្នុងមួយខែ។ ជាលទ្ធផល មាតាបិតាដែលមានកូនចំណាក ស្រុកទៅធ្វើការនៅកូរ៉េខាងត្បូង ជីវភាពរស់នៅមានភាពប្រសើរឡើងជាប្រត្យក្របើប្រៀប ធៀបទៅនឹងគ្រួ សារផ្សេងដែលរស់នៅក្នុងសហគមន៍ជាមួយគ្នា។


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Posted by: | Posted on: July 5, 2013

Cambodian Youths in South Korea and their Cry for Change

Cambodian Youths in South Korea and their Cry for Change

Youth in Korea Stain of Blood

Blood stain from the fingers of those youths to inscribe on the white paper to express and swear in front of the top leader of CNRP of how much they love their Cambodia motherland.
Courtesy of facebook’s Phanit’s profile

Many people were impressed by the political involvement of the Khmer youths from South Korea. In fact, the greeting ceremony of the political dignitaries especially Sam Rainsy who is the president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on June 2nd 2013 surprised people extremely through the news and social media. Among those welcoming activities, one of the performing groups used blade to cut the finger to get blood in order to write short phrases on the white board such as “we love Khmer motherland”, “Khmers Love Khmers” and “Khmer leaders must be honest and ethical”.

This bravery act has surprised the Cambodian people worldwide. While a local pro-government media wrote that Sam Rainsy stirred up the youths to bleed their blood for that cause, the youths who were actively involving with the event organizing claimed through the video clip on facebook that the bleeding of blood to be used for those phrases was made by volunteering, not from any provoking.

According to the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training of Cambodia, in over 5 months of 2012 there were 4,998 workers were out of the country to legally work in South Korea and the number of Cambodian workers migrating to Korea has been significantly increasing. Many years ago, the owners of Korean enterprises have satisfied with the endurance and work performance of Cambodian workers comparing to other 15 nations. Thus, the demand for Cambodian workers has been doubled while the condition of working and compensation is better than other countries Cambodian workers have been immigrating to.

Now, there are approximate 30,000 Cambodian workers are working in South Korea. Those workers are shifting in different sectors such as service, factory, agriculture, construction and handicraft in accordance to their language proficiency and skills. Their wage is claimed ranging from 1200 to 2800 dollars per month. As the result, many Cambodian parents whose children went to work in South Korea, the level of living standard has been visibly elevated comparing to other families within the same community.


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Posted by: | Posted on: June 19, 2013

Cambodian Youths and the Bloodstain

Youth in Korea Stain of Blood

Blood stain from the fingers of those youths to inscribe on the white paper to express and swear in front of the top leader of CNRP of how much they love their Cambodia motherland.
Courtesy of facebook’s Phanit’s profile

មនុស្សជាច្រើនបានចាប់អារម្មណ៍ចំពោះការចូលរួមនយោបាយរបស់យុវជនខ្មែរនៅកូរ៉េខាង ត្បូង។ ជាក់ស្តែង ពិធីរៀបចំទទួលបដិសណ្ឋារកិច្ចអ្នកនយោបាយសំខាន់ៗ ជាពិសេសលោក សម រង្ស៊ី ដែលជាប្រធានគណបក្សសង្រ្គោះជាតិកាលពីថ្ងៃទី២ មិថុនា ២០១៣ គឺបានទាក់ទាញ អារម្មណ៍របស់មហាជនជាខ្លាំងតាមរយះពត៌មាននិងបណ្តាញសង្គម។ កម្មវិធីមួយ ក្នុង ចំណោមកម្មវិធីជាច្រើន គឺការយកឡាមអាសាច់បង្ហូរឈាមដើម្បីសរសេរប្រយោគខ្លីៗនៅ លើផ្ទាំងក្រដាសស មានឧទាហរណ៍ដូចជា យើងស្រឡាញ់មាតុភូមិខ្មែរ ខ្មែរស្រឡាញ់ខ្មែរ និង មេដឹកនាំខ្មែរត្រូវមានភាពស្មោះត្រង់និងមានគុណធម៌ ជាដើម។

ទង្វើរដ៏ក្លាហាននេះបានពញ្ញាក់ស្មារតីខ្មែរទូទាំងពិភពលោក។ នៅពេលដែលពត៌មានក្នុងស្រុក គាំទ្រគណបក្សគ្រប់គ្រងអំណាចសរសេរថាលោកសម រង្ស៊ី ញុះញង់ក្រុមយុវជនដែលជា កម្មករអោយអាសាច់សំរក់ឈាមខ្លួនឯង យុវជនដែលជាវាគ្មិនសំរាប់កម្មវិធីបានចេញមក បដិសេធន៍តាមរយះវីដេអូខ្លីនៅតាមហ្វេសប៊ុក នូវការចោទប្រកាន់នោះ ដោយអះអាងថា ការធ្វើដូច្នោះគឺឈុតឆាកសំដែងរបស់ក្រុមសំដែងមួយដែលធ្វើឡើងដោយការស្ម័គ្រចិត្ត មិន មែនជាការអូសទាញឡើយ។

Posted by: | Posted on: May 23, 2013

Political Analysis on Khmer Youth, the Catalyst for Change

Dr. Surya SubediWatching a video clip reported by Radio Free Asia (RFA) stunt me a lot on the new phenomena of Khmer youth participation with the politics. While his lecture ended and opened floor for questions from the student audience, there are questions aiming to attack the lecturer in the meantime the questions were not focused on the topic as well as the persons who asked the questions and gave the comments were not on the platform of classroom setting but emotionally displayed on political involvement. Hence, a Buddhist monks stood up to clarify the skeptics that are attacking on the report of Prof. Dr. Surya Subedi. Dr.Subedi has been appointed as the Special Rapporteur by the United Nations for Cambodia.

Watch this below video clip by RFA

My concerns are following:

1. Reading the report of Prof. Dr. Surya Subedi in both English and Khmer version, the report is really balancing and constructive. The report summarized that Economics Land Concession (ELCs) and other land developments are impacted by poor management and non-transparency of the government. As the result, there are numerous displacements, evictions, community deprivation and devastation of the forests. Those forests are the key sources for community livelihood, environment and national revenue; but those foreign investments have focused on selling timbers more than rubber and plundered the trees without obstruction.

Watch below video clip on the interviewing of Prof. Dr. Surya Subedi about his visit to Cambodia and the recommendation he made for Cambodian government.

According to the comment accused the report of Dr. Surya Subedi as bias and discouraged foreign investment in Cambodia. Of course, this belief is absolutely wrong. Whenever, the human rights situation is improved, the trust will be built for those honest and effective investors or foreign direct investors (FDIs) to Cambodia. Whenever, our rule of laws and regulations are strong, it surely builds trust for all dedicated and good-willed FDIs. Cambodia at the moment, I can say, has been worse as her government has continually dismissed and ignored the recommendation of the UN’s envoy. If the government has learnt to admit the fault and adjust its policy accordingly, the leaders will be admired and the FDIs will be flooded into this land. The land, trees and natural mineral will be properly managed. The people will experience justice. The whole society will be getting genuine progress.

That why I have criticized those students as unprofessional, immature and lacking proper research into the topic. However, I appreciate them all. Negative or positive, they have become a flame igniting inside the Cambodian soil. All Cambodian youths will pay more attention into those causes and effects.

2. By this small cohort of rallying against the report, more Khmer youths have stood up to exercise their power and prowess. As I read the comments and watching video clips on facebook, google groups and youtube; I am really optimistic on Khmer Youth movement to lead change for Cambodia. Cambodian Youth have been labeled as very young, having little knowledge, immature, having little power and incompetent. But the upcoming election on July 28, 2013 and while we are waiting another two months arrival; more and more youths are standing up from their bed, from their game board as well as from their silent space to voice out concern, worries and sensitivity. Youths are the agent of change. Youths are the catalyst for change. Youths are the unstoppable force for change in this country.

Below are the responding back to a group of students who protested against Prof. Dr. Surya Subedi and his report on the human rights situation in Cambodia.

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Below is the responding of Chea Chheng, a youth who involved in the protest.


Let applaud for Cambodian youths!!

Posted by: | Posted on: May 16, 2013

Asian Heritage Day of May at Cambodian Canadian Community

Op-Ed: Khmer Youth Association 

The Khmer Youth Association would like to express deep gratitude and appreciation on the successful welcoming of Bus Tour of Asian Heritage Foundation to celebrate the Month of May signifying for Asian Culture and Diversity in Alberta, Canada.

We are glade to see more than 32 guests unloading from the bus and entering into the compound of our centre. We are glade to see our community members of more than 50 collectively help and participate this extraordinary event.

The presentation was briefly explaining about the history of the community, the history of rich cultural heritage such as ancient monument of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the Khmer clothes, performance art and food, the benefit of Vipassana meditation and its practice etc.

The event was highlighting with 7 distinctive shows:

1. Pinpeat Music Orchestra which is assembled of many original instruments have originated since the Angkor period of 9 century. The instruments are including Sko Touch, Sko Thom, Tre etc. (see attached photo) or more reading on: http://blog.aseankorea.org/archives/13752

Cambodia-11

Courtesy of: http://blog.aseankorea.org/archives/13752

2. Preah Thong Tong Sbai Neang Neak which is one of the important parts of Khmer Wedding. Preah Thogn Tong Sbai Neang Neak or groom holding the scarf of bride significantly describes the legend of the birth of Cambodian country. The legend said that Groom must follow Bride by holding the scarf tightly so that he can reach her parents’ resident. Legend further describes that Cambodia originally led by a powerful and gorgeous princess, a distant traveler named Preah Thong fell in love with the princess and asked her to be married. In order to travel in a long distance and dangerous way, Preah Thong must ensure that his one hand is holding the scarf tightly while another hand is holding a sword. For Neang Neak who is a family leader in that time, she is a chief in the family to oversee many things including family finance which she is holding on her palm hand as a symbol. The legend was about the Kingdom of Naga (Sacred Serpent) in which some interpretation has been mistaking called Dragon. Naga is the important legendary sacred snake in Cambodia. More reading about the story of Preah Thong Tong Sbai Neang Neak: http://www.tourismcambodia.com/culture/art-and-culture/khmer-wedding.htm

Preah Thong Tong Sbai Neang Neak   Note that in the past, the wedding ceremony took up to more than 3 days with more than 62 traditional songs but now it has summarized to 13 songs in 1 day and a half.

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Posted by: | Posted on: May 7, 2012

The Purpose and Meaning Vishaka Celebration 2556

Namo Sakya Muni Buddha;
Venerable Monks, Nuns and Members of International Buddhist Foundation
Ladies, Gentlemen and Distinguished Guests,

Today, we are gathered here to celebrate the most sacred and auspicious day for Buddhists worldwide. This day was also recognized by the United Nations as the most sacred day and passed a resolution on December 15, 1999 as the Global Holiday.

Vesak or Visakha in Pali language means the sixth month of lunar calendar. On a full moon day of this month, three very powerful events transpired in Buddha life.

1st His Birth: In the scripture (Tri Pittaka) describes that “Lord Buddha was born on Friday, full moon of Vesak, the year of dog in Lumbini Park (probably on May 13, 624 B.C.)”

2nd His Enlightenment: Buddha renounced his luxurious palace life at age 29 to seek Enlightenment. For six years He practiced the ancient methods of self denial (Dukkharakiriya) until his skin emaciated and blood dried out without achieving Enlightenment. Then He realized that extreme asceticism was not the answer.

Finally, through using his own method of middle path (Majjhimakka Padipadha) at age 35 Buddha attained Enlightenment. It was on a Wednesday, full moon of Vesak, the year of Rooster (probably on May 13, 589 B.C.) Lord Buddha then embarked on His journey from place to place and tirelessly taught the Dhamma for 45 years.

3rd: His Parinibbaba. Lord Buddha ascended to Parinibbana at age 80 in Kusinara district. It was a Tuesday, on a full moon day of Vesak, the year of Snake (probably on May 13, 544 B.C.),

On this especial day we should be mindful of Buddha’s final advice: “all compound things are constantly changing and decaying, so strive on diligently to achieve individual goal.”

We are grateful to the founding members of the International Buddhist Foundation for celebrating this day since its inception. On behalf of The International Buddhist Foundation I would like to thank all communities and their members for their support and participation. We are grateful to the Prajna Buddhist Temple of Vietnamese community for hosting this event at this beautiful temple.

Sophan Seng
President of International Buddhist Foundation of Canada (IBF)
President of Khmer-Canadian Youth Association of Alberta