I got accepted into the program that I’ve been trying hard to get. It is called the “ASK program.” It is a summer scholarship program that allows me to study abroad in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at the Royal University to better understand the language and culture plus it counts towards my undergraduate degree. I never thought it would be so bitter sweet. When I got accepted I was so happy! But, then… there is always a catch right? This year there aren’t enough funds to give students a full ride scholarship to study. Now, I am contemplating whether or not I should go because of the “financial” aspects. I despise money! But, it’s so crucial for everything. Sigh* decisions… decisions…
HAPPY CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR! #cambodianstudentsociety #termiscomingtoanend #2013 #traditionalclothes #eachcolorrepresentsadayoftheweek#khmer#cambodian
PLEASE COME SUPPORT! It’s CSS’s 29th Annual Culture Show! The oldest Cambodian club in America! Tickets on SALE NOW! Come see the depiction of truth and life. The story of struggle and triumph! #css #theunravelingtruth #personalstory #basedonteueevents #khmer #cambodian #somethingforeveryone #csulb #longbeach
Cambodian Bahok gtheeh and cha creung. 👌✨ #cambodianstinkyfood #stinkybutgood #khmer #food #spicy #fish #cucumber #rice #food #cambodianfood
At KSCC with the best family ever! The Tenacious Tigers! #kscc #khmerstudentcoalitionconference #awesomepeople #khmer #roots #tradition #culture #humble #appreciative #motivated #csuf @bkhou @jeffthai @johnny @vannida
Cal State Long Beach’s “The Missing Piece” recapped
By Eric Chuk
The Cambodian Student Society (CSS) hosted a successful culture show on Sunday, March 25th at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The show was notable for its overall bilingualism and refreshingly creative story line—a modern, Khmer-inflected reinterpretation of the Wizard of Oz, incorporating history, action (martial arts), humor, and romance.
The play format, unusual for CSS, followed five main characters who were mysteriously transported to the Cambodia of yore: Boran, an amiable young man whose as-if Hanuman heroics save a village (paralleling Dorothy’s arrival in Oz); his pet-like companion Ah Touch, often a source of comedic relief; Romdoul, a contemporary/classical dancer; Kunthea, a waifish girl (reminiscent of Oz’s cowardly lion) struggling to learn the Khmer language; and Samouth, a soulful singer mistaken for Sinn Sisamouth. Along the way, they meet other colorful characters: a cryptic old man who tells them to follow the “yellow k’tael road” through the jungle to get back home, cackling witches who the five friends must outmaneuver, and a flirtatious but helpful prince.
It’s been a week since the show and I miss it A LOT! Hands down one of the best experiences of my life. READ IT! :D
My first time performing for hundreds and hundreds of people. Taking it all in. One of the best experiences of my life.
Cambodian Student Society’s 28th Annual Cultural Show today!!! In less than freaken 6 hours! Please come out and support!
Almost done with Mom’s portrait for her birthday. She never ceases to inspire me.
- Angelina Jolie’s “Journey to Cambodia” for her recent Louis Vuitton campaign.
This video is pretty inspiring to watch and listen to. A glimpse of her story and involvement in Cambodia. Being a third world country Cambodia is still very impoverished and major parts of it are still very malnourished. The country side is still laced with land mines from the Khmer Rouge Regime in 1975 led by Pol Pot. The land is quite frankly underprivileged compared to other countries around the world. Like the video says “A journey can change the course of a life” this is entirely true for every individual out there that embarks on challenges and struggles within their own lives, it doesn’t necessarily mean going somewhere figuratively in order to venture on a journey. Each day is a new one waiting to be seized. Sometimes, it takes and outer body experience of placing yourself into someone’s shoes in order to appreciate your own.