Photographer's Note


Last year, I posted the story of a girl who has a boy’s name, as below.

Recently, I received some emails asking for more info and pictures about the Vietnamese community in Chong Kneas. These mails were from several individuals who are interested in raising fund to help build a floating classroom for Chong Kneas children. For that purpose, I am running a set of pictures that I am ashamed of their photographic value, but I hope they may be helpful to the humanitarian cause.

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“What’s your name?”
“It’s a boy’s name!”
“No. My mom said it’s not. It a country’s name”


I gave the young boat-rower some riels, and asked her to take me home. Actually, it is one of the boat-houses, within the Chong Kneas Vietnamese Floating Community at the north end of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Great Lake.

I met Viet’s parents. They told me they were having her late, and Viet is the only child. During pregnancy, the lady made up her mind to have the name for their long-waiting child as “Viet”, hopefully once grown up, their kid would remember the country where the family has root from. Currently, they are Cambodian citizens, eating the Vietnamese foods, speaking dual languages, and always claiming that they are Vietnamese, even though they don’t have a legal document to prove, and Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate have done nothing for them. These human beings still exist as the term in dictionary exists: the displaced citizens.

For photos of Chong Kneas during high-water season, please refer to the following albums, taken by Jorge Tutor on 09-08-2004:
Chong Kneas Album 1
Chong Kneas Album 2
Chong Kneas Album 3



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