Encountering Change on the Way to M.I. Road

Or Why I Love the Jaipur Lit Fest

I recognized her before she caught my eye. In jeans, turtle neck, track suit jacket, and loose ponytail, she was unlike most of the young women I’d seen over the last five days at the Diggi Palace festival site. In trendy clothes with smartphones and long flowing locks, the young women at the Jaipur Literature Festival were the very model of the modern teenage girl, both at home and in India.

Walking in Phnom Penh, Part Two

Continued from part one.

As I walked the streets of Phnom Penh this past month, I often thought about the Western news media reports Obama’s visit to Cambodia for the ASEAN Summit was rocky. The U.S. isn’t in Cambodia’s cheering section at the moment. Cambodia isn’t on the verge of reform like Myanmar, and the President made it clear he would not have come if it hadn’t been for the ASEAN summit.

Walking in Phnom Penh, Part One

As a life-long city dweller, my go-to is walking. I get to know a place by walking around it. And I did a little walking while I was in Phnom Penh, which— as anyone who’s spent any time in a Southeast Asian city will tell you—is not an easy thing to do.