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Academic Version: Applying my personal experiences and academic research as a professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies to provide a more complete understanding of political, economic, and cultural issues and current events related to American race relations, and Asia/Asian America in particular.

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June 8, 2005

Written by C.N.

Ex-King of Cambodia’s Blog

CNN has a story about former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk and his penchant for blogging:

“My country, Cambodia, has chosen to be a liberal democracy since 1993. Every Cambodian … including the King has the right to express freely their view.” It was one of thousands of commentaries that fill the Web site of the world’s most colorful and pugnacious royal blogger, offering Sihanouk’s views on anything from environmental rape through Hollywood stars and killer spouses to the rough-and-tumble of Cambodian politics.

Today at 82 . . . he’s as sharp-tongued and loquacious as ever. The man who grew up on cowboy movies has taken to the Internet with equal gusto. . . Sihanouk’s Web site, which incorporates his blog in French, Khmer or English, attracts about 1,000 visitors daily from around the world. . . [S]ays David L. Sifry, whose company Technorati tracks blogs, Sihanouk is making “incredibly innovative use of the Internet to be able to communicate directly with the people of Cambodia and the people of the world.”

I think it’s pretty cool — many Asian cultures and politicians aren’t exactly known for being cutting edge and socially innovative, so it’s nice to see one example where Asians are embracing modern tools of communication, especially when he’s a former king and 82 years old. Pretty impressive.


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