Synopses & Reviews
The engrossing report on young Cambodian womens struggles for human rights and media justice continues in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Cambodian Grrrl. This account explains how, in an attempt to help long-suffering Cambodian women in the post-Khmer Rouge regime archive their own stories, history was rewritten. Combining a modern understanding of the country and a wealth of historical knowledge, this firsthand account explains how modern Cambodia is attempting to recover from the crippling imperialism and state-backed genocide of the Khmer Rouge government. Seeking to gain more international news coverage and become part of the United States publics consciousness, this unique commentary on the current state of affairs of a country not frequented by American tourism gives readers the first American viewpoint on the subject since the 1970s.
The Cambodian Chbap Srei is a 17th-century book that intended to establish a code of conduct for young women. Staunchly traditional, but repressive and frustrating, the first large group of young women in Cambodia decide to rewrite it with Moore. The year-long process culminates in a grand discussion of human rights and gender equity, and a hand-bound book for all participants. Tragically, the completed book was banned and censored in both Cambodia and the U.S. But what these bold young women learn next about when they are allowed to speak, and to whom, is chilling.
About the Author
Anne Elizabeth Moore is the author of several books including Cambodian Grrrl and Unmarketable. Her writing has been published in Feministing, In These Times, the Onion, and the Stranger, among others. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been featured on NPRs Worldview. She lives in Chicago.