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The Misrepresentation of Cambodia Sociology 300 Professor: Emmanuel Obi Althea M Pullins 01/18/2010 Abstract The history of Cambodia will be reviewed in this paper. The paper will focus on the history of Cambodia from the time that Pol Pot led the country until present time. The paper will look in detail at the genocide of Cambodia that occurred under the leadership of Pol Pot from 1975 to 1979 where an estimated 2,000,000 Cambodians died. An analysis of the political landscape will be discussed in the paper. Women culture and the treatment of women during this period will be examined. The paper will also evaluate the religious culture, the impact that various ethnicities had on Cambodia, and report on the agrarian reform…show more content…
Cambodia has a growth rate of 3% per year and GDP per capita 735 (2010). [pic] In 2004, Cambodia was the second least developed country to join the World Trade Organization. Tourism comprises about 17.5 percent of Cambodia GDP in 2009, and 13.7 percent of total employment during this same time span(2009). Cambodia per capita income is rapidly growing due to their agriculture and major exports of rice, fish, garments and rubber (2010). The social development of Cambodia is also on the rise. Under the Khmer Rouge regime; more than 2 million people were shot, strangled, beheaded, or starved to death in the 20th century. Many of the skilled and educated people of Cambodia were killed during this time and Cambodia is still attempting to recover both from an economic, educational, and social standpoint. Education Education in Cambodia is in a dismal array. Modern education in Cambodia has progressed gradually.The first high school in Cambodia did not open until the late 1930’s (2001). Manual labor and political correctness was emphasized in the educational system over knowledge by the Khmer. The Khmer Rouge claimed that rice fields were books, and hoes were pencils” (2001). A deliberate attempt was made to destroy the foundations of a modern education system by the Khmer Rouge as they killed any with a higher education such as doctors, lawyers, teachers, and former college students. If the Khmer Rouge did not kill them, they

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