Ann Marie is not the most traditional Khmer name a Cambodian girl can be christened with. Her bulging eyes and a black mark on her forehead the size of a human thumb print are signs of the burden she is carrying. This fragile baby who weighed 1. She may have relatives, but they do not know of the baby's existence. Now that baby Ann Marie has a new home and an extended family to watch over her, it is hoped that one day, her deceased parents' relatives may find her.
In Cambodia, workers' rights for women slow to come
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Cambodian women are traditionally expected to be modest, soft-spoken, "light" walkers, well-mannered,  industrious,  belong to the household, act as the family's caregivers and caretakers  and financial administrators,  perform as the "preserver of the home", maintain virginity until marriage, become faithful wives,  and act as advisors and servants to their husbands. In recent years, women have become more active in the traditionally male-dominated spheres of work and politics in Cambodia. In the wake of the Cambodian Civil War , Cambodia suffered a deficit in the number of male laborers. Thus, women took over responsibilities that were commonly and principally done by Cambodian men.
How 'Khmerican' connects Cambodian Americans
Many of the old images in Bochan Huy's "Chnam Oun 16" music video are haunting — fleeting, grainy footage of workers in rural Cambodian labor camps and Phnom Penh's crumbling shops and streets, emptied of life. But Huy says the eyes were the hardest — the photographs of Khmer Rouge victims, whose stares she and her producers would use to gauge how much pain could be tastefully set to electric guitar and thumping hip-hop beats. Bochan Huy is part of a community of Cambodian-American musicians, remixing and reviving psychedelic hits from s Cambodia.
From near and far, the kramas grace the Cambodian people with their own special character. The humble Khmer garment, a scarf made up of thousands of tiny squares, resembles Khmers' own history: it is a patchwork of contrasting hues - dark and light, sad and joyous. After living and working for years with Khmers, one cannot help but have seen a thousand and one morsels of this material on a thousand and one different occasions.