Voices of Cambodia: The Game Plan

6 02 2012

In an ongoing effort to make this blog a readable, interesting, but unromanticized account of our Peace Corps lives, Katie and I have decided to begin a new series entitled “Voices of Cambodia.” We’ve talked at length about the pitfalls of writing personal blogs about Peace Corps service and realized that it is exceedingly difficult to write entries with an honest, unbiased voice to them. While we do try hard, we often find our posts don’t come across as accurately as they should. Slightly stronger adjectives are used; emotions get in the way; personal bias or sensationalism clouds what could be an objective, well-written post. So how do we avoid these pitfalls? By asking the very people we’re writing about so much on this very blog. What better way to teach others about this country and its people than to let this country and its people do the talking?

So here’s the game plan:

  1. Katie and I have come up with seven questions that we think can elicit some particularly interesting responses from Cambodians. We’ll ask these same seven questions to Cambodians in and around our site. We are open to others if you have ideas – just let us know what you want to read about.
  2. We’re starting the interviews with our English speaking friends to finalize the questions, but soon we’ll do them all in Khmer with others in our town as to get a more representative group of responses.
  3. We will not provide commentary about the responses. Their answers will be as raw as translation will allow. We will try our best to translate both Khmer and broken English into something readable, but we will try hard to stay as true to the original language as possible.
  4. You will be able to easily access any of the interviews by clicking on “voices” on the right hand side of the screen under the “Tags” heading.

The questions are as follows:

Tell me about yourself.

What do you do in an average day?

What do you want the American people to know about Cambodia?

How has Cambodia changed in your lifetime?

How do you think Cambodia will be different in 10 years?

If you could improve one aspect of your community, what would you improve?

If you won $10,000, what would you do or buy?

Look for our first interview soon.

-Tim

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2 responses

6 02 2012
kbergen

As usual, you guys are brilliant. I can’t wait to see how this turns out….better copyright the idea before I steal it :)

7 02 2012
Barbara Muller

This is a great idea! This will give us an idea about what the Cambodians think about their communities from their perspective.

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