Cyclo drivers pedalling past a portrait of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk and his wife Queen Monineath displayed at the royal palace in Phnom Penh in 1996. Photo: Reuters Cyclo drivers pedalling past a portrait of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk and his wife Queen Monineath displayed at the royal palace in Phnom Penh in 1996. Photo: Reuters
Cyclo drivers pedalling past a portrait of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk and his wife Queen Monineath displayed at the royal palace in Phnom Penh in 1996. Photo: Reuters

Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge: a glimpse of hope and hardship in decade before catastrophe

  • ‘A New Sun Rises Over the Old Land’, translated into English for the first time, captures the zeitgeist of 1960s Cambodia and its accompanying hope
  • Seen through the eyes of cyclo driver Sam, it is a call for faith in better days, brought about by the advent of an independent Cambodia

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Cyclo drivers pedalling past a portrait of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk and his wife Queen Monineath displayed at the royal palace in Phnom Penh in 1996. Photo: Reuters Cyclo drivers pedalling past a portrait of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk and his wife Queen Monineath displayed at the royal palace in Phnom Penh in 1996. Photo: Reuters
Cyclo drivers pedalling past a portrait of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk and his wife Queen Monineath displayed at the royal palace in Phnom Penh in 1996. Photo: Reuters
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