Cambodians are diverse. We have a rich and deep history of communication
with both our close and distant neighbors. Spaniards, Romans, Greeks,
Japanese, Chinese and many more groups have made their markings into
Cambodia\'s land and people, and vise-versa. There are many ethnicity within Cambodia. People just don\'t understand the difference between Cambodian as a
nationality, and Cambodian the ethnicity.
As for our origins, scientist don\'t even exactly know of it. One theory is
that the ancient Cambodians migrated from Tibet until driven off by
Sino-tibetans. Another theory is that we migrated from South-east china
and then mixed with Indians who also migrated out of India.
In other words, Cambodia is basically a melting pot of diversity from
both South and East Asians. We got the best of both worlds. And this is why I love being Cambodian. I love it when people are shocked to find that I am Cambodian. I love the different textures and tone that our people have to offer. I love that we can break stereo-types of an Asian person. I love our food, clothing, culture, language, and practices alike.
We have thousands of brilliantly made temples and Khmer architect scattered within and outside of South-east Asia. Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world, making it the Eighth Wonder. If not the earliest, one of the earliest inhabitants of South-east Asia, and so much more.
Simply, I love being Cambodian.
Embrace and know your roots.
edited on 7/27/2012 10:08:01 AM