Posts for June 2015

Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaSiem Reap and Sustainable Tourism

Chris L.P and I are gearing up and getting ready to travel up to Siem Reap tomorrow! Siem Reap is the tourist hub for travellers looking to experience the ancient temple of Angkor Wat, which was inscribed on the UNESCO […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    Thanks for these thoughts Jessie. I first visited Angkor Wat in 2007, and my most recent visit was July 2014. I remember thinking that the number of people visiting the Wat on the days I was there last year must have been at least triple the number during my visit... Read more...

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Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaThank you for the music

Dating from 802 CE to 1431 CE, the Khmer empire was a vibrant and lively culture filled with celebrations year round. Music, festivals, dancing and fireworks were a fundamental dynamic to the Khmer culture (Plubins 2013). So much so that […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    An exciting initiative, Matt and Jess, and all the more so given you're undertaking it in close collaboration with CLA staff and artists. I'll really look forward to the outcome!

  2. Matt Harper

    Great post, Jess! The ideas you discuss are highly important, particularly for the ongoing revitalisation of Khmer music, like we see through the work of Peter Kersale, and for the survival of traditional Khmer art-forms. I think that the catalog of traditional Khmer instruments is also another step to make... Read more...

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Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaThe Killing Fields

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana Please forgive my preamble, but I feel as though this next blog post should come with some form of forewarning. Yesterday Jessie, Chris LP and I […]

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  1. Matt Harper

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings on your experience at the Killing Fields, Emily, they were lovely to read. I can imagine writing them down is no easy task! Hope you guys are doing well in PP.

  2. Karen

    Thanks Emily for your honesty. You probably remember me telling you that when my tour group visited Yad Vashem, the holocaust museum in Jerusalem I didn't go in, instead choosing to sit outside on a rock for 3 hours and wait. I chose the rock because I couldn't bear to... Read more...

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Music, theatre, and life in Cambodia“see the nation through the people’s eyes”

See the nation through the people’s eyes, See tears that flow like rivers from the skies. Where it seems there are only borderlines Where others turn and sigh, You shall rise – Mattafix, Rhythm & Hymns, 2007 “Hey! How are […]

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  1. Tania & Cooper

    hi Chris great to read about your journey. It's a tough one isn't it, I found a lot of this happening in the communities in aust and was always torn between the best way to help out.

  2. Karen

    I'm glad you gave Chris. I used to get tied in knots walking past the homeless people in Sydney and thinking if I gave them money they might use it for drugs. Now I realise whether I show compassion or not is my decision, what they do with the money... Read more...

  3. Wok n Rose

    Thanks Chris, great to see you courageously getting down to the guts of things over there. Still, take care! We asked ourselves the same questions in Uganda and still do, in Australia too for that matter. I guess each situation is different and we always must be generous. But generous... Read more...

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Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaInstant immersion

What does it mean to attend the funeral of a person you do not know? Really, it seems like the kind of experience you don’t want to have. The family of the deceased would probably be looking at you unwelcomingly; […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    Informative post, Matt, thanks - and the photos are beautiful! Today, in the little alley right outside my flat in Phnom Penh, people are setting up for a wedding ceremony, preparing food and mounting a tarpaulin as protection from the afternoon rains. I know it'll be a wedding rather than... Read more...

    • Matt Harper

      Thanks Cathy! That does sound interesting. I am intrigued by the length of both of these ceremonies! Jess and me realised today that there is a wedding taking place on the same street as our inn, a few of lots away and on the opposite side of the road. We... Read more...

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Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaHello, Goodbye

Prior to leaving for this trip, I was struggling with the idea of a three-week placement. Lecomte (2004) says that, “ultimately, it becomes an issue of determining whose interest is prioritised when these exchanges are established.” With an emerging scholarly […]

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  1. Dorothy

    Volunteering full fills both sides of the equation. Ie you will receive satisfaction(even though you may not think so now) when you arrive home why not enquire of volunteers who have been serving society for many as I am sure their response will be a positive one. Then seek out... Read more...

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Online CounsellingIt’s Oh so Quiet…..

I get in fairly early but I usually run into a few fellow staff and a fair few students – those 8am classes seem a little cruel to me, but walking on campus this morning I didn’t see a single […]

Solutions in EngineeringDiffusion in Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

Our paper “Oxygen diffusion in marine-derived tissue engineering scaffolds” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. The paper addresses the computation of the effective diffusivity in new bioactive glass (BG) based tissue engineering scaffolds. High diffusivities facilitate the […]

Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaCambodia: Cultural Differences.

Hello, it’s been a couple of days  in Cambodia and I have to say I am loving it. I love the extremes of the culture. On the first day we went around Phnom Penh, went through the markets and explored […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    Thanks for your post Chris. Sounds like you and Jessie are up for a challenge through your work at CLA - looking forward to hearing how it goes!

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Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaCultural Exchanges and Musical Communities

Phnom Penh has been full of some pretty amazing surprises. From walking through the city and braving its traffic madness, indulging in all sorts of beautiful authentic Khmer dishes, and admiring the incredible architecture that has been strongly influenced by […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    Thanks very much for your post Jessie - very interesting. I can't wait for us all to see the Children of Bassac (Heritage of Bassac) in performance at the National Museum during our stay!

  2. jessica birch-critchley

    Wow thats amazing that the children also perform there Jessie. I wasnt aware of this. Have you been able to organise a visit inside?

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Music, theatre, and life in Cambodia“Hop In, We’re Trustworthy”

“Hop in, we’ll give you a lift,” the driver said, waving toward the back door of his shiny Land Rover. “Thanks, but my guest house is only a minute away, I’ll walk,” I said. “That’s okay, hop in anyway.” I […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    Well Chris, you sure got that severe look from me the next morning! Then again, you sure are engaging with the Cambodian people. Keep having fun, and take care. I've got my good eye on you!

  2. jessica birch-critchley

    Chris you must have been perrified! Its amazing you were able to speak up! You have made me reflect on trust here in Cambodia. It is all too easy. Even last night at dinner they did not have change for us and asked us to wait 5 minutes. A man... Read more...

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Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaThe Giving Game: Effective altruism and Cambodia

At dinner on the first evening of our trip, we got talking about Australia’s $40 million deal with Cambodia: to send refugees from Nauru to Cambodia. See, for example: ‘Australia enlists Cambodia in drive to deter refugees’ or, ‘Welcome to […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    Thanks very much Matt for this thoughtful and informed post. It certainly raises some important questions about aid, altruism and responsibility, both at the personal and the governmental levels. We in Phnom Penh are looking forward to attending a Human Rights Debate tonight, on the topic of the recent resettlement... Read more...

  2. jessica birch-critchley

    Very informative post Matt! Its interesting to consider whether we are part of effective alturism by taking part in this initiative by the government or whether those funds would have been better allocated. I would like to think that our presence and work is more efffective than a direct monetary... Read more...

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Online CounsellingTake a break…..

Congratulations to those who have finished semester 1, 2015. For all you others have this final week of exams and/or supplementary exams to come in July, you are almost there. It’s time to kick back, celebrate and then take a […]

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  1. Rosemary Reynolds

    And as a BFA student I can recommend visiting a gallery or two! You never know what you will find. I was very moved by the work of Nathalie Hartog-Gautier where an aunties decline into dementia was described so beautifully. If you happen to be passing the university gallery and... Read more...

    • Kellie Cathcart

      Thank you for this great suggestion Rosemary! I will make sure to keep an eye on what's happening in the local art galleries and add these recommendations to future posts as well.

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Janet FultonTo our Comm students: Bachelor of Communication Hogwarts style

I love the Harry Potter books and one day I realised that our Bachelor of Communication degree’s majors slot fairly neatly into the four Hogwarts houses: journalism is Gryffindor, PR is Slytherin, Media Production is Hufflepuff and Media Studies is […]

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  1. Rug doctor

    I?m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that?s equally educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too few men and women are speaking intelligently about. I'm very happy I came... Read more...

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Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaI’ll Cry in Public for You

I realise that my last blog post touched on the topic of giving. However, unfortunately it is a problem too large to simply be resolved by the thoughts of a single post. Furthermore, being immersed in a culture so rife […]

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  1. Val

    Emily, we felt exactly that way in Kenya. Though I did not become immune to the poverty and the needs there were times with a breaking heart I had to back away when pressured too much. In Kenya buying a small item can be the difference between food on the... Read more...

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