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How language is influencing the growth of ASEAN

Posted on September 18, 2013

There is a 140 character limit on micro-blogging platform Twitter, one of the top 10 most visited sites on the Internet used to share anything from real-time news to mundane activity updates. It’s a short sentence or two if you were to ‘tweet’ (or micro-blog) in English. But in Mandarin, 140 characters is enough to write a short story.

In the Christian Bible, the story of the Tower of Babel shared how the people of Earth wanted to build a tower that would reach heaven and prove humans could be equal to God. God says in Genesis 11:6,

“If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”

To save them from their pride and arrogance, God created language to divide the people, thus never completing the construction of the tower.

The nuances of language is fascinating. Some languages are rich enough in vocabulary to describe the parts of a bicycle in one or two sentences. While other languages are more conversational and would probably take a paragraph or two to do the same. Hence, the ability of a language to effectively transmit information may hinder the growth of its citizens if schools in a country prefer using their native mother tongue as the medium of instruction.

Students discussing homework before school begins at a private school in Lvea Aem District in Kandal Province, Cambodia.

Students discussing homework before school begins at a private school in Lvea Aem District in Kandal Province, Cambodia.


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On Publishing and The Khmer Woman

Posted on April 9, 2013


Anne Elizabeth Moore, Chicago, USA

Editor, Artist, Writer

I had the privilege of interviewing Anne, an editor, artist, writer and activist based in Chicago, USA. Working with young women in Cambodia on independent media projects namely in publishing, Anne has amassed much respect in the global sphere from all that she has accomplished from her work in women and gender issues to discussing media and censorship. Today, she speaks to us on her time in Cambodia, her inspirations, the journey and the takeaways from it all.

Why Cambodia?

I used to run a magazine that was very popular here in the States called Punk Planet. Shortly after we stopped publishing it in 2007, and once my book Unmarketable came out, I started looking into accidental systems of oppression: situations in which, despite claims of freedom of expression and democracy, some participants do not have access to the tools they need to communicate with each other and better their lives.


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