If you enjoy watching Khmer movies online, I invite you to visit Khmermovie.org for free, full length Khmer drama, comedy, and Khmer dubbed foreign films. You’ll find Chinese movies in Khmer language as well as Korean series, Thai lakorn, and more.
The site features both new and old movies alike, including popular Khmer folktales like Tum Teav, Chao Pous Keng Korng, Chau Chak Smok, and more (sorry I can’t write Khmer). As someone who spent most my childhood abroad, I’m always to watch these popular Khmer folktales to understand more about Khmer culture and the Khmer mentality. Good or bad, these movies still reflect the Cambodian mindset that we see today.
I know many Cambodian Americans who have spent their childhoods abroad have a tendency to project their own notions and assumptions about the Khmer culture and society onto the folks in their native country. I am no exception. But truth to told, they are often wrong because they’re based on a decidedly American mindset. The truth may shock you. Things are often far worse than they appear. And there are not too many redeeming qualities to take heart in.
A work of art is just that. Even if it doesn’t conform to your ideas of what’s right and wrong, you can appreciate it from an different level. We can dig down further and find similarities in art and culture, and relate how art and societal and cultural mores reflect and complement one another.
Boiled corn is a favorite snack food here in Cambodia, found at just about every street corner. Since there are so many vendors competing to make a living selling boiled corn, the profit margins are razor-thin. If one vendor tries to sell a cob of corn for just 100 riels (about 2.5 cents US) more than the going price, then people will just go to the next stall to get theirs.
So if you sell boiled corn for a living, you’re always looking for a way to increase your margins while staying competitive. The solution?
Yes, acid! Yet another brilliant idea that can only come from Cambodia!
I have been hearing that the vendors are adding a small amount of acid to the boil to make their corns cook faster. The acid supposedly renders the kernels tender faster, reducing the cooking time and hence the amount of coal used to boil the corn. It’s the savings from using less coal or wood, not the saved time, that add to the profits.
Although I haven’t tried acid-boiled corn myself, I’ve been told that you could feel a slight tingling and irritating sensation in your mouth and esophagus when you eat it. One could only imagine what the acid would do to your stomach linings and intestines.
Acid-boiled corn is just the latest brilliant invention that comes out of Cambodia, where the margins of profit and safety are usually thin, and one often compromised for the other. In the past you may have heard of people selling watered-down beer laced with cyanide, a deadly poison, to increase the beer’s potency (i.e., mask its reduced alcohol content) and spraying dried fish with chemicals that even the flies wouldn’t go near. Yet, somehow these foods are deemed fit for human consumption.
Brilliant, just brilliant!
…i think mr oudam is doing the right thing by not allowing download from his site. that way, people can to listen to music on his site and go out [and] buy the dvd or cd to support the khmer artists.
If people really want to download music from this or any other website, there are various ways for them to do so. There are websites and software programs available to allow people to capture streaming audio and video from the internet and save them on their computers. I just don’t want to make it too easy for visitors to do it.
The aim of this site is to foster appreciation for Khmer music and encourage support for the Khmer artists and production companies that bring them to us.
The Khmer performers need to make a living, too. If everyone downloads and copies Khmer music from the internet and stop buying CDs and DVDs, the production companies will no longer have an incentive to create them. Consequently, Khmer music will cease to advance, and some Khmer female singers will be forced to earn their living selling their bodies instead of their talents.
As a strong advocate of Khmer pride, unity, and prosperity, I certainly don’t want this to happen. I want this site to become a place to showcase Khmer talents and to encourage our people to support one another by going out and buy the music they like.
I am an avid consumer of Khmer music and own hundreds of Khmer CDs and DVDs myself. When buying a CD or DVD I always inspect it thoroughly to make sure that it’s original and not a boot-leg copy.
While many people, including myself, download music from the internet, we always have to ask ourselves whether our actions will lead to positive or negative consequences. For instance, when I copy a few of my favorite Khmer songs onto a CD and give it to a friend, I probably do very little harm because if my friend likes the music, he will go out and buy the original CDs or DVDs. On the other hand, if I make a thousand copies of the CD to sell to others, my actions would be very hard to justify. I think moderation is the key.
I invite everyone to go Khmermusic.net to watch Khmer karaoke music videos online. This entertainment site has been around for quite a while. The site is updated regularly to include the latest music from popular Khmer singers like Preap Sovath, Sokun Nisa, Meas Sok Sophea, Ouk Sokun Kanha, Khemarak Sereymun, and many more.
Most songs on the site feature the karaoke version where the voice is turned off. You can connect computer or smartphone to an a mixer/amplifier while viewing the songs and sing along to the music.
I invite everyone to check out my new website, Khmeroldies.net. If you like classic Khmer songs sung by the golden voices of Sin Sisamouth, Ros Sereysothea, Pen Ron, and others, then you’ll love this site.
I prefer old Khmer songs and listen to them almost on a daily basis (damn, I feel old!), so this is a labor of love. I try to keep a good selection of oldies music performed by deceased artists as well as current Khmer singers.