The Reasons Why People Visit Cambodia

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Somewhere in the Indochina Peninsula of Southeast Asia lies a small country named Cambodia. Bordered by Vietnam, Laos, and the Gulf of Thailand, the country has become quite a tourist destination, offering foreigners a taste of its rich culture. The traditional music, the dancers in their beautifully intricate costumes, the astounding ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, and the combinations of spices that create the unique flavors of its cuisine are just some of the reasons why people visit Cambodia today. Another popular attraction is the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum located in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Indeed, the country is known for its beautiful culture and its ruins, however, many who visit soon become aware its dark history. The…show more content…
The way they were treated was beyond belief. Men, women and even children were overworked and underfed. Professionals and scholars were tortured in the most unethical ways and killed in fear that they could be spies involved with overthrowing the regime. Families were separated, women and children were raped, and people watched each other die. The estimated number of deaths resulting from the genocide ranged from 1.5 million to 3 million, decimating about one-fifth of the entire Cambodian population (Kiernan 1). Today, a large number of Cambodian refugees can be found in Long Beach, California and scattered among other cities in the United States. Some of these refugees now have families, businesses, and jobs, living what immigrants would consider the “American Dream”. However, large portion of Cambodian refugees continue to struggle in the lower class because they were not prepared educationally, culturally, economically, and especially psychologically, as multiple researches have shown that refugees suffer from PTSD and other psychological problems due to being victims and witnesses of violence, abuse, torture, and so on (Hinton, Rasmussen, Nou, Pollack, and Good). From personal experience and awareness of the refugee community, I observed that the lack of opportunity (ultimately trapping many refugees in the lower class) and effects of psychological issues of refugees affect the next generation, specifically in a way that refugee parents try to coax or pressure
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