ambodia has been making tremendous progress since signing the Paris
Peace Agreement in 1991. The road to recovery from the past civil war
spans few decades and Cambodian now finds itself in the midst of an
enormous economy boom. Schools, roads and new constructions are on the
rises. The living standards are improving and people living in poverty
find themselves with opportunities fueled by a robust economy.
Phnom Penh was not the city I had left three decades ago. With peace and
political stability, the city is taking a new shape with High-rises,
Office Buildings, Industrial Economic Zone, Energy Sector, Real Estates
and Commercial Banking as foreign investors are taking roots. Cambodia
jointed the United Nation in 1955, ASEAN in 1999 and WTO in 2004. A
Stock Exchange is in offing in 2009-2010. Its future is bright and full
It is worth remembering everything that had been said and happened.
April 17, 1975 remains one of the most unforgettable dates in Cambodian
history. The fallout that gave way to the Khmer Rouge regime represents
a shift from a period of self-optimism to a period of social turmoil and
disillusionment. Feeling fed up of war and a sense of lost hope as
human. War is not an option but to end it.
I may have left Cambodia but Cambodia never leaves me. America and
Cambodia has been my dual homes for the better part of the past decades.
Together they offer an ideal environment that shaped my life as
Cambodian-war-refugee drifting oceans away from homeland.
journey has both good and bad. I am determined to keep the one that is
good for my countryís future. Those are considered unworthy will remain
as my lifeís learning experiences.
Looking back at it, thirty-years ago, thinking in the midst of life and
dead, my feeling facing the odd is astonishment. This feeing remains,
never quite dimmed over the years. And hopefully this writing that
attempt to bridge the divide between the two possible.
To be back in Cambodia is more than a privilege. I came back as a proud
Cambodian, with a heart and sole that is the center of my world. My
return has been a dream and hope. Thatís how I know hope endures.
Cambodia is my future and the last thing on my mind when I go to bed. By
all means, I am so glad that I am still seeing it beautiful and feeling
complete all in one place.
Once again my sincere thanks to all contributors toward building