Copies of Mekong Review inside the home of Minh Bui Jones, the magazine's editor, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 25, 2017. Mekong Review’s contributors include some of the best-known authors, journalists and academics who follow the region.

Eluding censors, Mekong Review covers Southeast Asia’s literary scene

Publication date 11 December 2017 | 15:41 | ICT

HONG KONG — At Monument Books, a bookstore in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the magazine racks are stacked with copies of The Economist and other titles from Britain, Australia, France and the US.



  • A mural by local artist Kakada Yi of three people wearing traditional Lakhon Khol outfits.

    Phnom Penh walls get new coat of paint for third Urban Art Fest

    Publication date 08 December 2017 | 08:10 | ICT

    In the playground of the Krousar Thmey school in Boeung Keng Kang II on Wednesday afternoon, artist Simon Morda-Cotel, or Wose, sat on the second level of some makeshift scaffolding, methodically painting a wall.

  • A photo from the Sunderbans in the Bay of Bengal, where human habitation is worsening problems of land erosion and flooding. Photo supplied/Monica Tiwari

    Now in its 13th year, Angkor Photo Fest grows ‘family’ of photographers

    Publication date 08 December 2017 | 08:27 | ICT

    The longest-running photo festival in Southeast Asia is back in Temple Town with free workshops and exhibitions to showcase and develop photographic talent in Cambodia and abroad.

  • A photo of Sophy, who moved to Massachusetts as a child and is now an actor in Cambodia. ‘I walk into a room here or in America and they automatically assume I’m from somewhere else,’ he told van Kemenade. Photo supplied

    Exhibition tells story of those who return

    Publication date 07 December 2017 | 07:24 | ICT

    Family history and identity lie at the heart of a new exhibition opening tonight by Erik van Kemenade, an exploration of the homecoming of second generation Cambodians whose parents fled the Khmer Rouge.

  • Bernadette Cheventon, founder of Soutien á L’Initiative Privée pour L’Aide á la Reconstruction.

    Libraries on wheels spread the words

    Publication date 06 December 2017 | 08:52 | ICT

    On Wednesday afternoons in Kandal village, a green van arrives in front of a house and is immediately swarmed by children – from toddlers to teenagers – shouting “Here comes the library! Here comes the library!”

  • Soung Sokunthy (front) walks off the stage during a performance of her play, ‘The Life of an Orphan’, in Takeo province.

    Performance troupe tours the country, modernising a classic form of art

    Publication date 01 December 2017 | 07:47 | ICT

    It's already nearly 8 in the evening, and Soung Sokunthy, 47, is applying make-up to her face as she prepares for a performance at Wat Koh Andet, about 50 kilometres from the capital of Takeo.

  • Hypnotic Fist Technique, pictured performing at the Golden Street Festival, will be closing out the night with their performance.

    Music festival promises big stage, has even bigger hopes

    Publication date 24 November 2017 | 07:15 | ICT

    With a line-up of local and international artists, and a massive outdoor venue booked on Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, Saturday’s Diamond Moon Festival is aiming to showcase contemporary musical and artistic talents at a scale rarely

  • The shortlist: recent collections of short stories

    Publication date 23 November 2017 | 08:24 | ICT

    Hannah Pittard Hannah Pittard reviews recent collections by Emily Geminder, Bennett Sims, Emily Fridlund and Josh Weil. Dead Girls: And Other Stories By Emily Geminder 176 pages. $17.

  • Eng Aisha sells her artwork at a stall in Siem Reap’s Night Market.

    Siem Reap artist goes against the grain

    Publication date 17 November 2017 | 07:54 | ICT

    Wearing a pink hijab, Eng Aisha works away at a newly commissioned painting inside her bamboo home in Sambuor commune, on the outskirts of Siem Reap.

  • Romcheik 5 collective artist Bo Hak works with wood in his outdoor workspace behind the gallery.

    The flower on the Sangke River: Tracing the history of creativity in Battambang

    Publication date 17 November 2017 | 07:59 | ICT

    For well over a century, Battambang has stood out in Cambodia as a cradle of culture, producing renowned artists, writers, poets, musicians and thinkers.

  • An interior view of the newly opened Museum Cafe in Phnom Penh.

    Odd collections a draw at Museum Cafe

    Publication date 16 November 2017 | 07:49 | ICT

    “You can call me the crazy man of Cambodia,” laughs Lee Peng Heng, sitting among around 100 of his vintage coffee grinders, dozens of teapots and a phonograph from 1888, at a table fashioned from a recycled garment factory sewing ma