Isabelle Roughol – The J junkie

The tribulations of a young journalist and writer looking for work

A day with Vann Molyvann

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Vann Molyvann (Pardon the poor photo, I was too busy taking notes.)

Vann Molyvann (Pardon the poor photo, I was too busy taking notes.)

There are days — many if you’re lucky — when being a journalist is more than a job, more than the only thing you can picture yourself doing: it’s a privilege. Sunday was a day like that.

I spent a good chunk of the day discovering parts of Phnom Penh I had not yet seen — and another, the Foreign Language Institute, where I was just the day before without fully appreciating it — with Vann Molyvann, the leader of an architecture movement in the 1950s and 1960s that truly built modern Cambodia under the direction of now-retired King Norodom Sihanouk.

As far as tour guides go, he’s definitely as good as it gets. I always find fascinating to meet people who have seen moments in history I have only read about in textbooks. Maybe one day, I’ll be an old woman who can say she’s seen 9/11, Bill Clinton and Vann Molyvann. In the meantime, I just feel privileged talking to them and brushing past history.

For the full story, pick up today’s Cambodia Daily.


Written by Isabelle Roughol

Monday, 22 September, 2008 at 02:28

Posted in Cambodia, My stories

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  1. i will read this tomorrow, hope somewhere i could find a copie.


    Monday, 22 September, 2008 at 08:44

  2. Thank you for this article! As a Australian/Cambodian, I have put presure on myself to make something out of the life I was blessed to have been given from my parents like most children born to war fleeing parents.

    As a student doing a double degree in Architecture/ Construction Management, finding articles about Mr Vann Molyvann is awe inspiring.

    Thank you.



    Thursday, 5 February, 2009 at 23:12

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