In the Khmer language, the term "barang" has come to mean "foreigner", particularly one of European ancestry. It is not a demeaning word.
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Tag Archives: Pouk High School
The past two weeks have been non-stop as I continue to get settled in and acquainted with my new work. I’m now riding motorcycles when I go to our schools outside town. I couldn’t post a picture like the one … Continue reading
Since I was in America for my sister’s wedding, then Phnom Penh for Peace Corps stuff, I missed the end-of-the-year teacher party at Puok High. So, a few teacher friends asked me to stop by school when I got back … Continue reading
My co-teacher and best friend in Puok, Socheat, helped me complete the last step of our Cambodia map project at Puok High. He painted the names of all the provinces in Khmer. His skills are obvious, they reminded me of … Continue reading
Peace Corps gives me my monthly allowance by directly depositing money into my Cambodian bank account. The bank has a branch with an ATM in Puok, near the school. So, getting money is easy for me. But, for teachers on … Continue reading
It’s a curious condition to feel so busy that I can’t even focus on reading a book, yet not busy at all because school’s out for so many national holidays. As I come into my final few months as a … Continue reading
Thursday we put the finishing touches on our map of Cambodia at Puok High. Now, all we have to do is paint the names of the provinces and directions in Khmer. My students were pumped. Hurrah!
Turns out, the paint store I went to in Siem Reap only had the primary colors, so we had to mix them together with white paint to make new colors. The mixing drew quite a crowd of students. Then, for … Continue reading
I pulled into Puok High this morning to hear the school director announce that Grades 11 and 12 would not have class today. Instead, those students were ordered to ride their bikes an hour to the airport to wave goodbye … Continue reading
Note: The picture above (and my participation in this activity) is in no way an endorsement of China’s president. I only borrowed one of my student’s posters for this picture to help illustrate my surroundings. Chinese President Hu Jintao landed … Continue reading