When you are living abroad you have the unique perspective of seeing things from afar. In my case, keeping up with the American political system has been truly amazing as of late. A lot of people back home ask me about what foreigners think of Americans. "Do they really hate us?" Well, no. Not really. The conversations I've had, in regards to American government with non-Americans, involve bewilderment, confusion, and exhaustion. Of course, some point out American hypocrisy or arrogance and want to argue...heatedly. But you know who really hates Americans? Other Americans! haha Man, we really bash each other.
But, again, living abroad gives you a certain perspective of things. And living in Cambodia REALLY gives you some perspective. This place is so weird and strange. The people are lovely and it's a super easy place to relocate. But it's political and economic activities are shockingly silly sometimes, often tragic. When reading the two main English language newspapers, The Cambodia Daily and The Phnom Penh Post, I shake my head in disgust/amusement at least two or three times. Have a glance at each one periodically. You'll find stories ranging from corrupt officials, acid attacks, union busting, forced evictions of the poor, sex trafficking, and drunken exploits.
However, despite all that, it still is a place that I call home. It's where I work and live with my wife. And it's history and culture are fascinating. I'll include two videos (one from a former student of mine) on here that I've found to be great looks on what a strange and cool place Cambodia can be. Enjoy....and keep your shirts on America as you move closer towards November!