June 4, 2016
By Chally Dang I was deported from Philadelphia in 2011. For the past five years, I've been living in Cambodia, away from my family and young children. I strive to live my life here, but memories of my children, community, and city always take over my mind and heart. Imagine being 34 years old and forced to live without everything that makes life worth living. After the genocide in Cambodia, which killed almost a third of the population, my family escaped to the Thai border, where I was born in a refugee camp in 1982.
May 23, 2016 |
SA DEC, Vietnam - The riverfront market is a throbbing chaos of sights, smells, and sounds. Little stalls of free enterprise proffer bananas, cucumbers, coconuts, carrots, mangoes, live chickens and ducks, skinned rats, pig eyes, giant prawns. Eels, crabs, and fish squirm in shallow metal tubs. Frogs and turtles wriggle in buckets. There is a heterogenous and resurgent stream of buyers and sellers. Vendors shout out the ripeness of their fruit. Wise-eyed shoppers sort through vegetables, seeking perfection.
January 14, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA A Philadelphia gift H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, the owner of Philadelphia Media Network, has provided great news for the city with his landmark gift of his and our daily newspapers and website. It feels as though professional journalism has been saved, at least here. A nonprofit institute created by the venerable Philadelphia Foundation will operate the for-profit enterprise, making this journalism advance credible now and for the future. While the first three estates of government are troubled and stymied, it's important that the fourth estate have strength if we are to governmentally and individually adapt to changing times and our democracy is to thrive.
January 9, 2016
By Shanin Specter While the United States struggles with the implications of wealth inequality, the people of Cambodia struggle with the basics of life. A recent visit to this kingdom was a study in social and economic deprivation. The unifying theme appears to be government disinterest in the well-being of its citizens. Cambodia has long been run by an authoritarian party headed by a former Khmer Rouge official. Supersized images of the prime minister peer down on the masses, and an official newspaper publishes his version of truth.
October 23, 2015 |
Gymnastics is usually a progressive sport, so when a man on the cusp of marriage began taking adult tumbling classes at Philly InMovement, owner Sara Trinidade was concerned. "He didn't take gymnastics before and he wanted to learn how to do a back handspring for his wedding," said Trinidade, who began offering adult classes when her Queen Village gym opened in 2008. "He was also 6'4", the tallest person I've ever seen do gymnastics. " But on his big day, the groom pulled off his back handspring.
July 26, 2015 |
SIEM REAP, Cambodia - I saw Angkor Wat at dusk and burst into tears. I just wasn't ready. Riding a tuk-tuk , a conveyance bolted to a motorbike, we came out of a forest, and there it was. Across an encircling moat two football fields wide, the storied "pink light" fell on the 900-year-old walls and towers of the west entrance. Spectacular, ineffable, it beggared its advance notice. It took 500,000 workers and three million tons of sandstone to build Angkor Wat, "Temple City," a religious monument and administrative center of about 155 square miles that once was the heart of the Khmer Empire, and an urban complex of a million people.
May 15, 2015 |
On sunny weekend afternoons, in the shadow of an ornate, golden Buddhist temple, Mifflin Square in South Philadelphia is dotted with charcoal grills, chile-lacquered chicken wings, and thin-sliced fatty beef heavily seasoned with lemongrass sputtering over the coals. Women pound chilies, garlic, and dried shrimp to a paste to season the snappy unripe papaya for the lime-drenched salads they sell to passersby. This is what some people call Cambodia Town, where these authentic street foods sell for $1, and where there's an effort afoot to make the title official.
April 5, 2015 |
Bay To already has a baseball scholarship to Fairleigh Dickinson. So why was the Neumann-Goretti speedster running sprints on a frigid January day, shackled by 10-pound ankle weights and restricted by a parachute? "I'm always working to get better," To said. "It doesn't matter if I have a scholarship or not. " Hard work and sacrifice are family traits, and ones the 5-foot-11, 185-pound rightfielder/pitcher hopes will alter generations. The Southwest Philadelphia resident (65th Street and Lindbergh Avenue)
April 4, 2014 |
Those who adored James Hart Jr. didn't know where in the world he would go next. But online, the 29-year-old left a digital trail of his adventures as he embraced his natural wanderlust. His blogs quoted Jack Kerouac. He shared photos of maps and art, and inspirational quotes. "You can buck tradition and others' expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel," he wrote on Facebook in June. "Jimmy" Hart, who grew up in Mantua, died doing all of those things.
March 19, 2014 |
THE LETTER came postmarked from Cambodia. The author of the letter couldn't write. The recipient of the letter couldn't read. The author - an old man - had paid someone to write to his daughter in Philadelphia for him: "I'm dying. Come see me," he begged. The letter recipient asked her husband to read her the letter. Her heart sank. The woman, Phi Chhian, and her husband had fled Cambodia as refugees in 1981 after surviving Khmer Rouge work camps and losing their eldest daughter to the regime's unrelenting brutality.