A Conversation with Former Ambassador Schneider.
Cambodia is a remarkable example of how culture plays a very important role in the redevelopment of the country’s identity after the devastating genocide of 1975 – 1979. The Season of Cambodia Festival will play an important part in shaping Cambodia’s post-colonial and post-genocide identity. Although Cambodia has slipped off the consciousness of the US, the country has nevertheless transformed itself from a country where 90% of intellectuals and artists where killed in a four year period to a country full of energy, joy and determination to become a socially, politically, economically and culturally viable country.
Former Ambassador from the US to the Netherlands Amb. Cynthia Schneider explains how the Season of Cambodia Festival will give the US a chance to understand the incredible recovery of Cambodia, a country with rich traditions but also exciting contemporary visions. As a country that is still recovering from its tumultuous recent history, the Seasons of Cambodia Festival will show the critical role that culture plays in the rebuilding of Cambodia’s cultural identity. The Season of Cambodia Festival is taking place in New York in April and May 2013.