December 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm #141941
I came back from Cambodia a week ago after working there for a year. What I noticed is how our own people are so dumb, naive, and just want to hurt each other, rather than trying to help each other and grow a stronger nation. Honestly, how dumb can the whole country be???
For example, the rice that we eat here in the U.S. everyday, do you know where 90% of it comes from? Sure, it comes from Thailand (printed on the rice bag), but the people who grows the rice are Khmer people. Khmer farmer work there ass off for months growing, caring, and even packing the rice in bags. Then the Thai people just come, pick up the rice, pay the farmer less than 5% of the total value of the rice and leave. All the Thai people do is load them onto the ship and it gets shipped worldwide. Why can’t the Khmer business there help out the farmer and export the rice themselves and keep the GDP in Cambodia rather than to another country?
Well, that was my job there trying to figure it out. Turn out that no one there wanted the other to be better than them??? Isn’t that shameful? The business people there didn’t want to help because they didn’t want the farmer to be richer than them or be successful. Yes, I heard it with my own ears!
I was going to seed my own money to help them, but it seems no one wanted to help each other. Everyone just want to get rich themselves and see other suffer.
I love my country, but from what I see and know, the great country of Cambodia that it was once was will never improve greatly and compete with the other countries until the older generation is gone. Sorry to say that, but it’s true. Pol Pot did accomplished his goal by wiping out all the intelligent people and leaving the majority of the country with not so smart people. This is how the once great country of Cambodia became of what it is today!
We was once one of the strongest nation in the World. Angkor Empire ruled Southern Asia. For those that don’t know, the people of Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam was all Khmer people once. Why do you think the writing and language looks so similar to Khmer? Now how can a nation that once stood tall and powerful, became the underdog?
So I ask all the Khmer people in the U.S. and worldwide to help each other so we will once establish our ground and emerge as a country to be reckon with.
But as for me, I tried my best to try and change the people, and I will continue to do so to my last breath and drop of blood. I can’t do this alone and all I asked is that those who are educated, help educate others too.
Don’t worry about who I am, you’ll know when the times come.
Just remember, change can only happen when we all work together.
[Message last modified 12-18-2010 04:33am by Thavy651]December 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm #141956
You should post this in chattter box. it has more traffics than this forum.December 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm #141969
I suspected that Srok Khmer was in big trouble since I was a little boy in the refugee camp almost 30 years ago. I noticed that there were very few if any educated adult left and our core Khmer value of honesty, thrift, and generosity was virtually non-existent. The few people who knew anything about English were running pretentious English class teaching English when they don’t even know it themselves. These scams were so prevalent that it was crazy. People were always looking to borrow money and would never pay it back so there is always dispute and fights over this. Men were womanizing everywhere and even woman were having affairs everywhere. I saw many fights over this with my own eye. My own neighbor who had a beautiful young pregnant wife had several girlfriends, all of whom don’t even come close as attractive as his wife. The neighbors and I got so mad at him one day that we stone him and his girlfriend. I hit the jerk on the head with a good size rock and I’ve always been proud of it.
What I’ve seen in the years since then with both the expatriates as well as the people from home and with the elites in the new government confirmed my innocent observation from my youth. As for the conclusion that you reach that there is no hope with our older generation, I’ve reached the same conclusion several decades ago. There is simply no hope as long as the adults from the Khmer Rouge era is alive. They may be victims then, but they’re victimizing others now as many victims eventually become their oppressor.
I thought change was within the realm of possibility but my study of human nature, psychology and philosophy disprove such possibility. You can’t change a tiger into a gentle rabbit is a popular Chinese saying. There is a lot of wisdom in this ancient philosophy. I’ve resigned to the realization that time is the only thing that will heal the nation. Do you best to help the needy, do you best to impart knowledge, lead your life the way you want others to follow, and let time heal all wounds.December 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm #141983
Whatever the Thai has over Khmer in regards to rice is unbreakable. One of my friends whom was a succesfull business man in CA sold his business in the US went to Khmer to do business as a rice buyer/exporter failed miserably.December 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm #141998
Thanks Thavy and Theaprum for speaking my mind, I know many khmer overseas blaming ppl in srok khmer for not standing up to the government blah blah blah…but they got no clue how dumb our khmer ppl r, I’ve been living and working with them all my life,even ppl with master’s and doctor r dumb. I’m just speechless. They r too selfish to do anything good for the country.I need my ugly sleep!December 21, 2010 at 10:35 pm #142013
[i]Originally posted by leang_grel[/i]
You should post this in chattter box. it has more traffics than this forum.I need my ugly sleep!December 22, 2010 at 6:12 am #142027
Thai rice exporting companies have created an immensely strong marketing and distribution system with Cambodian rice growers at the bottom of their supply value chain. As with every other products, the greatest economic value is created by activities in the high end of the value chain. Marketing and distribution is where the greatest value is created. Anyone who eats rice knows Thai Jasmine rice is the premium rice to get. I’ve tried American, Chinese, and Indian brand rice and they just can’t compare.
Few Cambodians understand economic value chain theory so if we have few people who understand such an important busines concept, it’s impossible to compete with them in global trade. This is just one major barrier, there is an obstacle course of other trade barriers that has to be overcome as well which requires government intervention. And I don’t have faith in the Hun Sen’s government to understand the complexity of global trade and help Cambodian companies navigate through the complexity of international rules, regulations and trade barriers.
[i]Originally posted by jantra[/i]
Whatever the Thai has over Khmer in regards to rice is unbreakable. One of my friends whom was a succesfull business man in CA sold his business in the US went to Khmer to do business as a rice buyer/exporter failed miserably.December 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm #142039
I don’t think they are dumbs. they just don’t care beyond their immediate family. At the current rate of Khmer social and economic developements, there will be another bloodbath because gulf between the haves and have nots are so great.
[i]Originally posted by Darony[/i]
Thanks Thavy and Theaprum for speaking my mind, I know many khmer overseas blaming ppl in srok khmer for not standing up to the government blah blah blah…but they got no clue how dumb our khmer ppl r, I’ve been living and working with them all my life,even ppl with master’s and doctor r dumb. I’m just speechless. They r too selfish to do anything good for the country.December 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm #142054
I am putting my hope in you and your peers to improve the Khmers in Srok khmer.December 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm #142069
Like they say, it is very hard to teach an old dog a new trick. There are many business men and women failed at doing business in Cambodia. Not because they are dumb, it is because of the crooked government and dishonest of employees. I don’t know much about Cambodian, but base on my observation it is very hard to change the systems.