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After New Year, New Online Relationships

Posted April 13th, 2011 at 2:27 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh As Cambodia’s New Year approaches, many of the nation’s young will be traveling home, to see old friends and spend time with their families. This is a time-honored tradition. But after the festivities are concluded and people return to their modern lives, they’ll increasingly grapple with social relationships that take place […]

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Sympathy for Japan, Online and Off

Posted March 30th, 2011 at 3:36 pm (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh I visited the Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh last week after hearing that the embassy compound was open to residents for donations to the earthquake victims in Japan. Buddhist monks, students, business people and ordinary citizens were standing in line to pay tribute to the victims of the 9.0-magnitude quake and […]

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After Japan Quake, the Search for a Survivor

Posted March 18th, 2011 at 9:38 pm (UTC+7)
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Soeung Sophat (Washington, D.C.) and Bun Tharum (Phnom Penh) When an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, Cambodian students in Japan found themselves in a frightening situation. But through social media and other communications, most students were able to check on each other during and after the quake. When the shaking ended, all […]

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Bridge Tragedy Revealed Roles of Modern Media in Disaster

Posted December 14th, 2010 at 7:52 am (UTC+7)
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Bun Tharum, Phnom Penh When the Diamond Bridge tragedy began, most Cambodians turned on their televisions, while some others went online for news and information about the stampede victims and the cause of the disaster. The stampede on the bridge, which connects Diamond Island to mainland Phnom Penh, took place at the end of the […]

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Bun Tharum is a freelance journalist, blogger, and digital media specialist. Blogging since 2005, he’s been a contributing-writer for Global Voices Online, Asian Correspondent, and several other print publications. His main interests are information and communication technologies for development and online media. Tharum’s base is Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s largest capital city.



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