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Belgian, b. 1948
'The Cycle of Rice', Part 3: 'Pchum Ben' or 'Rice for the Spirits'
Oct 28, 2015
The ‘Pchum Ben’ festival dates back to Angkorian times and plays a central role in Cambodia’s calendar. Quite naturally, rice is part of it.
The festival honours the souls of deceased family members but is held mainly to appease the errant souls of those who were denied a proper burial and allow them to be reincarnated: the destitute, those who died a violent death. And with the 1.7 million deaths...
‘The Cycle of Rice’, Part 2: ’Light Rice’ Harvest
Oct 8, 2015
‘Rice gives strength, and even gives it to the King. Therefore you cannot despise the rice’.
The cultivation of rice over many centuries has developed an intimate and complex relationship between the Khmer and their staple food. They have acquired a sophisticated knowledge about it, and until the fifties were using about 180 different varieties. Cambodian farmers take great care in choosing the appropriate...
The Cycle of Rice
Sep 10, 2015
This is John Vink's first of an 11 part project concerning the wide-ranging subject of rice in Cambodia. His comprehensive exploration will address such issues as seasonal growing cycle, religion, research, tradition, commerce, social and economic impact, climate change issues and more.
Ieng Tirith Passed Away
Aug 22, 2015
Ieng Tirith, minister of Social Affairs under the Khmer Rouge regime and sister-in-law of Pol Pot, accused at the ECCC (Khmer Rouge Tribunal) and found unfit for trial because of dementia, passed away today.
This Is Not Belgium 2015
Aug 12, 2015
Belgium? It is complicated…
Does it make sense? Does it really take 54 Ministers and Secretaries of State to run a small (30528km2) piece of land? Does a nation with 3 regions, (Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia), with 3 communities (the Flemish Community, the French Community and the German-speaking Community) and with 4 language areas (a Dutch speaking area, a French speaking area, a German speaking...