Tuesday, September 06, 2011

On Pictures from Cambodia: Floating memories

Longtime readers of Baha'i Views know that there is a special relationship between Tacoma and Cambodia. Tacoma was a center for Cambodian immigration back in the mid-80s. At one time we had seven of the nine former members of a Baha'i Spiritual Assembly that served Camp 6 along the Thai-Cambodian border living in our community. I have fond memories of some of the Baha'i holy days we celebrated with Cambodian Baha'is, members of the Tacoma community, who lived in the Salishan neighborhood back in the early 90's. I remember also much more recently manning a booth at a Phnom Penh-inspired Water Festival held in Tacoma, organized by Daran Kravahn.

Cambodia has suffered greatly in the past, It was, after all, the location of the so-called Killing Fields back in the 1970's. I was impressed at a professional conference I attended a few years back upon learning that the presenter had traveled to Cambodia to offer her expertise in addressing trauma.

And so I come to Wendy, who is a new Flickr contact based in Indonesia. She is from Vancouver, Canada, originally and blogs as Wendyworld on TravelPod. Here is a recent set she took in Cambodia of the Chong Khneas Floating Village, photos which prompted my current reflection on my connection to that country.  -gw

Some other Baha'i Views posts that mention Cambodia.

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