The Cam­bo­dian Dancer

Discover Cambodia - - IN THE KNOW - BY DARYN REICHERTER

Based on the true story of a Cam­bo­dian dancer who fled the car­nage of the Kh­mer Rouge after the regime killed her fam­ily, Reicherter's touch­ing chil­dren's book – el­e­gantly ren­dered in wa­ter­colours by il­lus­tra­tor Christy Hale – re­in­forces the im­por­tance of artis­tic ex­pres­sion in the face of griev­ous loss. Fol­low­ing the dancer to her new home in Cal­i­for­nia, where she be­gins to in­struct her fel­low refugees in the dance form im­mor­talised by the ap­sara of Angkor, The Cam­bo­dian Dancer is a paean to the en­dur­ing legacy of Cam­bo­dia's most an­cient cul­tural art.

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