Sampeah Etiquette in Khmer– Lesson from Cambodian children on how to properly greet people as a way of showing respect. While performing the sampeah, the person places his palms together in a prayer-like fashion while bowing slightly. It is similar to the Thai and Indian customs. When in Cambodia, do as the Cambodians do. Although the sampeah is a form of greeting, it is also a common way to say thanks or apologize and is an important part of Khmer culture. See video below to learn more. (English captions in the video clip)
Find out more about who they actually are and the one thing they are definitely not. Learn more from video below. Maybe you already know, maybe just need a simple reminder. Maybe it will be the first time you have considered it.
I am reminded of how the secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War, there were young boys also recruited to take up arms. Actual children. The U.S. didn’t seem to have a problem with that although most images on TV, the movies, and the media are about Africa. In all fairness, it was a secret war (Laos) and we “weren’t supposed to over there” so most people were not aware at that time. This is just an example of not only hypocrisy, but the danger of a stereotype. You can learn more about the Secret War here.
May we never look away today…….any form of inequality, racism, or discrimination big or small, subtle or blatant, is wrong. Take time to learn of others experiences. Do not minimize them, dismiss them, but just listen and learn. Do not be defensive, do not make excuses. Just acknowledge. Doing anything but this is what actually adds to the initial wound.
Saturday, August 17, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famed march on Washington D.C. in 1963. The march ended with a rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.