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Spotlight/Love Parade

Was it Berlin? No, just Phnom Penh. But not as usual… Yesterday EPIC Arts and several other NGO’s organised a colourfull Spotlight parade (VIJ2008011) along the riverfront. The motto was ‘Look at their abilities, not their disabilities’. It was great fun for the kids. They can be proud of what they achieved. And the message was loud and clear… But with the chosen (?) itinerary and timing the spectators ended up being more ‘barang’ than khmer. Was the purpose to get the message across the foreign community or the cambodians? 

2 Responses to “Spotlight/Love Parade”

  1. having just returned from the Toronto Car show with Dima (as he dreams of the moment his pore artist parents own a car 😉 ), this kind of color looks so real to me, i cant believe it (especially the yellow elephant)….we all hunger for spring here, that Im almost willing to give up monochromic film…..

    how to distinguish, anymore, beneath Khmer and “barang”…for me, i dont even understand these distinctions anymore…a vestige of old thinking, except language…will there be, someday, a world in which the only ‘barang” of a nation are those who consider themesleves or others “barang” ;))….

    these still play heavily, classifications, in communities here…must admit, it leaves me sad….

    we’re all foreigners amid a land of foreigners….


    bobblack - February 25th, 2008 at 5:00 am

  2. that should be “poor” parents, not “pore”…although, maybe that too…


    BobBlack - February 25th, 2008 at 5:02 am