Mixed Feeling about Bokor National Park Legacy

10 years ago, I visited Bokor Mountain for the first time in my life and it was a historical experience for me to see enlarged and enriched forest covering by huge trees and diversified natural combination. I wished I had a digital camera at that time to capture the beauty I have witnessed to share… Continue reading Mixed Feeling about Bokor National Park Legacy

The dream of a greener and healthier capital for Cambodia

The dream of a greener and healthier capital for Cambodia Written by Chak Sopheap on June 29, 2012. Published in The new city on Cambodia. Cambodia is admired for its rapid transformation and infrastructure development. Recalling French colonization (1863-1953) and the Khmer Rouge period (1975-1979), Phnom Penh, the capital of the country, is rapidly becoming… Continue reading The dream of a greener and healthier capital for Cambodia

Key Lesson Learned from UN-HABITAT: People’s Process for Development

By Sopheap Chak Lessons learned from Special Lecture by Lalith Lankatilleke from UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific on “Rebuilding Post-conflict and Post-disaster Communities adapting the People’s Process,” organized by my school, International University of Japan, on June 02, 2010. Key words: Development, Control Paradigm, Support Paradigm, Support Cycle This was just a… Continue reading Key Lesson Learned from UN-HABITAT: People’s Process for Development

"Development" does not justify land grabs

By Sopheap Chak, Published on UPI Asia Online Niigata, Japan ? The problem of forced evictions and land grabs is growing worse in Cambodia, leading to violence due to deep dissatisfaction over existing resettlement schemes. Some 133,000 residents of Phnom Penh, or 11 percent of the city?s population of 1.2 million, have been evicted since… Continue reading "Development" does not justify land grabs

Field Trip to the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Bank of Japan

By Chak Sopheap Published on IUJ, available in both English and Japanese. On March 5, 2010, IUJ, with support from the JDS Program, organized a field trip where about 20 students were able to inspect how both the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Bank of Japan operate and contribute to financial stability and growth. At… Continue reading Field Trip to the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Bank of Japan

Considering a Ph.D.: Why and How

By Sopheap Chak Even while struggling with MA degree?s thesis writing, I joined today Roundtable Discussion with International University Japan?s faculties members concerning on student?s future plan for pursuing Ph.D. It was a great experience sharing and recommendation for those who intend to go further for higher education and career plan. The IUJ faculties members… Continue reading Considering a Ph.D.: Why and How

Civic Responsibility and Education: Higashi Ojiya school Visit

By: Chak Sopheap Reflecting from my field trip to visit an Elementary School, Higashi Ojiya School, in Ojiya City located between Urasa and Nagaoka, I would like to continually share the civic responsibility in education system in Japan which plays as a central pillar for achieving the Japanese foundations: Strengthen Leadership and Cooperation among kids:… Continue reading Civic Responsibility and Education: Higashi Ojiya school Visit