In your own way

The People at the Brim: Cambodia

 

Ricci P.H. Yue*

In the Far East, Cambodians are enjoying their fastest rate of urbanisation in history. The end of decades of civil war led to rapid economic growth, and this force began to pull villagers to the capital city, Phnom Penh. The life of a farmer is not easy. Poverty drives them away from the rural areas and the neon lights of city attract these farmers to migrate to the city.

After making enough money, they may return home. Or, they may settle down and abandon their farmland forever, making the city their home. However, ‘home’ is no longer the same after all these years. Where is ‘home’? The land they were born and brought up? The land they currently live on? Or the land they hope to go to? These questions are all part of the vicious cycle of poverty trap in regards to mobility. 

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* Ricci P.H. Yue is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography in The University of Hong Kong. His interests include historical geography, development issues and volunteer tourism.  He has showcased his works in various photo exhibitions in Hong Kong.

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