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John Vink
Belgian, b. 1948
Featured Essays
Apr 25, 2016
John Vink recently visted Father Ponchaud, a French Catholic missionary.
When Father Ponchaud first arrived to Cambodia in 1965, the country was in peace. Everything changed in 1975, when the Khmer Rouge came into power. Father Ponchaud witnessed the genocide perpetrated by Pol Pot's regime and was the first to denounce the Khmer Rouge's atrocities, first in an open letter sent to the French newspaper... More...
Featured Essays
Mar 2, 2016
December is harvesting time. The cool Northern winds have dropped the temperatures to a nice 28 degrees, caressing the stems heavily loaded with ripened paddy. The 'heavy rice' ('srov kandal') traditionally is the main crop for the Cambodian farmer, providing him with the bulk of his income and food provisions. It was like that for centuries and it still is today.

How the crop is harvested is changing... More...
Featured Essays
Feb 10, 2016
John Vink was present in the Cambodian capital to photograph the local Chinese community's New Year celebration.

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Jan 14, 2016
Few people out there know that the best rice in the world is grown in Cambodia. That should change. Well, at least that is what the current government would like. Because for now the country’s economy relies almost exclusively on the tourism and the garment sectors for its foreign currency and it badly needs some diversification.

Growth in the tourism sector has stalled in 2014: from an average of... More...
Featured Essays
Dec 3, 2015
Marguerite Duras' novel 'Un Barrage Contre Le Pacifique' was only partly fiction: the novel, situated back in the 1930’s when the French colonial administration undertook the project to render a vast tract of swampland next to the sea fit for agriculture, describes the unsuccessful struggle of Marguerite Duras’ mother against both the French administration and Mother Nature to make the land she was... More...
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