Legislature passes long-awaited food safety bill hoped to improve street vending

A woman sells food on a street in Phnom Penh. Photo taken on May 23, 2022. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A long-awaited draft law on food safety now heading to the desk of the king for signature after winning approval in the legislature could elevate Cambodian street food to compete with regional neighbors, say advocates of the bill.

Parents of children with autism struggle with the effects of mobile phone usage

A young girl using a smart phone in Phnom Penh, May 13, 2022. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Sorn Sok Kheang, a 29-year-old video producer in Teuk Thla commune of Sen Sok district, was worried and upset when she noticed her son was slow to speak in his early years. Up to the age of three, sometimes all he said was “dad” and “mom” in a day. When she consulted specialists, they told her he had autism.

Cambodians report scams in online shopping experiences

A delivery driver making the rounds in Phnom Penh. Picture taken November 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

In Cambodia, online shopping – typically on smartphones and tablets – is becoming increasingly popular due to its convenience. However, this presents significant issues for less technologically savvy buyers, who may be more vulnerable to scams, especially when shopping on social media.

Indigenous filmmakers work to document communities in crisis

Chen Socheata and her crew film a Tro Khlouk maker as he cuts bamboo to form the instrument in Ratanakiri province on October 24, 2021. Photo supplied

For Chen Socheata, a 19-year-old from Ratanakiri’s Banlung city, filmmaking has become a critical way for her to celebrate and preserve her Tumpuon culture. Since enrolling in a filmmaking program run by Bophana Center last year, she’s already produced one short documentary with several more ideas in the works.

After two years without, Cambodians prepare Khmer New Year celebrations

Political analyst Seng Sary speaking at an event. Photo taken from his Facebook.

With celebrations already mounting around the country, Cambodians are showing their eagerness to celebrate the Khmer New Year after a two-year break due to the novel coronavirus.