When Khmer Daughters Move
After nearly three decades of civil war, social upheaval, revolutionary experiments and international isolation, Cambodians experienced since the 1990s an economic and political opening of their country. These political and economic changes brought with them new developments, ideas, products and hopes as well as worries regarding the country’s development. The more general historical developments and political processes have been at the center of attention of much scholarly research. The various ways in which Cambodians deal with new opportunities and constraints in order to fulfill their needs and desires have, however, received far less attention. My research is oriented toward such an ethnological understanding of Cambodia. I focus on young rural women who came to Phnom Penh, the growing capital of Cambodia, in search of work.