Cambodia Phnom Penh Youth
10 years after Being 20 in Phnom Penh (see Avoir 20 Ans a Phnom Penh under the Books section) I was commissioned by Geo France to assess what it is like to be a teenager in Phnom Penh for a few days in 2009. While a vast majority is still struggling in difficult conditions and has to work in factories to make ends meet, a substantial amount of teenagers is enjoying the supposed benefits of their parents newly acquired wealth and frantically follows the latest local fashion trends (this year there is a distinct South Korean influence). But the broader confrontation with the outside world also triggers positive and creative energies. It seems that Phnom Penh youth finally has managed to put the past of its parents behind it and is happily blending into the global youth culture.