Archive for October, 2006

Scan Gallery Inaugural Exhibition

Thursday, October 26th, 2006
Scan Gallery at Scandinavia Hotel
5 Artists
Thursday October 26, 6pm-9pm
Street 282 behind Wat Langka

Lecture on Thursday, October 26, 2006 from 5:30 to 6:30pm at REYUM!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
A Lecture/ Discussion (in Khmer) by Dr. Ang Choulean at Reyum Institute on Thursday, October 26 2006 at 5:30pm..

The topic will be on Nokor Kok Thlork or How was Cambodia born?
(This event is part of a series of Reyum’s public education program supported by : The Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation.

If interested, please contact Reyum Institute #47, Street 178 Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Tel/Fax : 023 217 149,,

A Shimmer of Saffron

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

The glint of monks? robes, a shimmer of saffron through banana tress as robes dry in the sunlit breeze. Fire and shadow flicker and dance in the night.
Blurring the distinction between photography and painting, Sandy Shum?s Impressionistic Photography images are infused with vibrant colors, rich textures, movement and light.

Artist Statement
I wish to provide a moment to pause and reflect on the wonder and grace in the dreamlight of daily life.

Impressionistic Photography
Infusing her photographs with movement and light, the artist alters the appearance of the familiar, as breezes transform reflections on clear water.

Originally from California, Sandy has lived and traveled in Asia for over a decade. She has solo exhibitions in Asia, the US and Europe, and her images are held in private collections the world over.

Sandy donates a portion of all sales to projects in need. These include health and education support in refugee camps for ethnic groups fleeing Burma, support of Tibetan Monks in 5-year retreat in Nepal, development projects in Brazil.

Opening: 6 ? 9 pm Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Showing October 25 ? December 3, 2006
At Java Café & Gallery
56 E1 Sihanouk Blvd
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Contact: Dana Langlois, 012-894-180
or Sandy Shum [sandy @ sandyshum [dot] com]


2007 Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

Monday, October 23rd, 2006
The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) offers
university-level instruction in Filipino, Hmong, Khmer, Lao and
Vietnamese language and culture at multiple levels.  Instruction is
specifically geared toward native-speakers of those languages who wish
to learn to read or write and/or improve their formal speaking skills. 
If you already possess basic or intermediate-level reading and writing
skills in your language, there are several higher level classes
available at SEASSI in all of the above five languages. If you cannot
speak or understand the language of your parents/grandparents at all,
SEASSI also offers beginning level classes, for which no previous
knowledge of the language is required.

To see examples of Filipino, Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese teaching
materials used at SEASSI, student work, photos, and videos of classroom
activities and student projects, visit:

SEASSI will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from June
18 to August 10, 2007.  SEASSI is an intensive language program where
students have an opportunity to study only Southeast Asian languages,
five days a week, for two months.  Students receive one year (2 full
semesters) of foreign language credit for the program.

Several types of financial aid are available for SEASSI students,
including the Heritage Fellowship.  To read more about applying for the
program and receiving financial aid (including important application
deadlines), see:

Please forward this announcement to anyone whom you think might be
interested in studying at SEASSI.


Frank Smith
SEASSI Heritage Language Facilitator

Angkor and Cambodia in the Sixteenth Century

Saturday, October 21st, 2006
Title: Angkor and Cambodia in the Sixteenth Century – According to Portuguese and Spanish Sources (186 pages – First English Edition, 2006)
(Orginally published as: “Angkor et le Cambodge au XVIe siecle d’apres les sources portugaises et espagnoles”, Presses Universitaires de France, 1958)
Author: B-P Groslier (Translated by Michael Smithies)
Publisher: Orchid Press, P.O. Box 19, Yuttitham Post Office, Bangkok 10907, Thailand
ISBN: 974-524-053-2
From the back of the book jacket:
Groslier’s seminal study of the accounts of early Spanish and Portuguese missionaries and adventurers in Cambodia was published in French in 1958, and is translated here into English for the first time.
The reports of the Europeans record the earliest surviving first-hand accounts of Angkor, following the “rediscovery” of the site by the Khmers, over a hundred years after its abondment in 1432 CE, and four hundred years prior to the colonization of Cambodia by the French.
While the accounts are fascinating in their own right, Groslier employs some of their key observations on the structure of Angkor in the 16th century to embark further exploration of his own into the nature of Khmer civilization. Complementing his studies of the early accounts with first aerial surveys of the site, Groslier reconstructs a braod picture of Angkorian civilization, its economy, the genius of its engineers and planners, its unique religious foundations and the pivotal humanitarian role of its god-kings.
“Angkor and Cambodia in the Sixteenth Century” represents one of the major breakthroughs in our understanding of this rich and complex medieval Asian culture, and is a pillar on which all subsequent studies have been built. Essential for all readers, both scholarly and lay, who seek to further understand the society responsible for the construction of the great monuments of ancient Angkor.
Bernard-Philippe Groslier (1926-1986), son of the famed art historian, George Groslier, was born in Cambodia and educated in Paris at the Sorbonne and the Louvre. Returning to Indochina, he began a long and productive career with the French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), and the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient (EFEO) under the auspices of which he engaged in the study and restoration of many important ancient khmer monuments.