Quest for Authenticity: Story of Conservators of APSARA National Authority

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This article is part of the series of article “CULTURE” in collaboration with “Nyonyum Magazine”.

This year, the number of tourists visiting Angkor Wat dropped sharply due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The number of ticket sales, which used to be up to 14,000 a day, dropped by less than several dozens a day. Amidst such circumstances, there are people taking care of Angkor Wat quietly, as if they are preparing for the day tourists visit again. The west causeway of Angkor Wat, which is one of the 15 restoration works of Angkor monuments, is being restored by a joint team of Cambodia and Japan. The Japan Foundation Asia Center (JFAC) has been providing supports through the “Sofia University, Sophia Asia Center, for Research and Human Development (hereinafter referred to the Center). We interviewed the Deputy Director General and conservators of the APSARA National Authority (ANA), who are working with the Japanese to restore the west causeway of Angkor Wat. We learnt how the JFAC’s mission aiming at cultural exchange between the two countries and creation of new values are realised through this interview.

Landing in Cambodia on the wave of fate: Head Coach of U-19 National Team, Mr. GYOTOKU Koji

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The Cambodian U-19 team defeated the Thai and Vietnamese U-19 teams at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) championship led by the head coach, Mr. GYOTOKU Koji, who has been dispatched by the Japan Foundation Asia Center in collaboration with the Japan Football Association (JFA) to Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC). Mr. GYOTOKU also led the team to the victories against Thailand​, the Northern Mariana Islands and Brunei in 2019 in the preliminary of Asian Football Confederation (AFC). These victories brought Cambodia to the AFC Finals, for the first time since 1974, held in Uzbekistan. (*The finals were supposed to be held in 2021, but later, it was cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19). Expectation for good performance of U-19 team is growing in Cambodia as the popularity of football is rising.

We will check out further about Mr. GYOTOKU!

A passionate man who vowed to devote his life to the movie, Director Huy Yaleng ហ៊ុយ យ៉ាឡេង (Age 41)

Huy Yaleng
(Fathers) Interaction with fans at the time of screening, 2020

A Cambodian movie theater that was temporarily suspended due to the effects of the new Coronavirus infection. While the movie theater is finally reopening and the returning of audiences, this year too, the Japan Film Festival, sponsored by The Japan Foundation Asia Center, will be held in November, and Japanese movies including the latest work will be on screening. On the other hand, while “horror movies” are popular in Cambodia, ‘Dumbei Kon – Fathers” (In short, “Fathers”), which describes a modern Cambodian family, has appeared before the arrival of Covid19 pandemic, However, it has caught the hearts of the younger generation of spectators. We asked the Director, who is creating a new trend in the Cambodian film industry, about the world of Cambodian film.

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