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Cambodia: First Glimpses of the Return

November 25th, 2008

This is my third trip here; this time I’m partially funded by a King County 4 Culture Arts Grant and part of the proceeds from the recent Burger/Beer benefit at the Park Pub. I’m here to continue the work on “Cambodia: Victim to Survivor,” a multimedia piece on changing the social norms of victimization in a a post-conflict country by interweaving a figurative Cambodia, represented by a 19 year-old sex trafficking survivor, with the literal Cambodia seen in the government and non-government organizations.

So far it’s been networking and connecting, continued research, and getting a “feel” for what is different. But the “real” work should start soon. None the less, I’ve taken it a little more slowly than last trip; I’m staying a little more central, I’m a little less adventurous with the food, and very much more focused on being health(ier) so I can work more efficiently. All that being said, I am not missing out on cultural opportunities like a wedding an hour’s moto ride out of the city with people from Transitions Cambodia, a trafficking victim aftercare center.

The video, and most of the stills, were shot with the new Canon G10 I purchased from Glazer’s Camera in Seattle, the “Feathered Friends” of Seattle’s camera world…ie. the Professional’s choice. Many thanks to my family for their generous contribution to my photographic endeavors (it was a birthday gift).


Wedding Day, Phnom Penh, Cambodia from timmatsui.com on Vimeo.

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