Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9782360573899
Collection: 80 mots du monde
12 x 18 cm
Weight: 180 gr
Pages: 192
First publication: 08/11/2023
CLIL: 3718

80 mots du Cambodge

80 words which are so many stories which tell Cambodia and which, in addition to the roots of words and their resonance in the hearts of the women and men who use them, evoke the special link that the author maintains with Cambodia, its inhabitants and their language. Jean-Baptiste Phou's family is of Chinese origin from the Teochew ethnic group, and emigrated to Cambodia. The mother's Chinese ties remain strong and Jean-Baptiste, who chose to practicing Khmer dance and settling in Cambodia, strives to deepen the traditions of the country to which he has decided to belong and at the same time tells us of the difficulties he meeting to understand the lifestyle and reactions of people and to acclimatize and insert. The words are often chosen in reference to his personal history.

Paper book


With its secrets, its double-meanings, its pictorial language, does "speaking a language" make our identity? "80 mots du Cambodge" is the latest book by guest author Jean-Baptiste PHOU.


Jean-Baptiste Phou

Jean-Baptiste Phou, a French-Cambodian born in Paris in 1981, lives in Phnom Penh. A multidisciplinary artist, he has worked as an actor in Cambodia, the United States and France. He wrote and directed the play Cambodge, me voici ! (l'Asiathèque. 2017, bilingual), directed the film la Langue de ma mère (Prix du public du film documentaire au Festival international des cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul, 2022) and is the author of Coming Out of My Skin (Seagull Books, 2023). His work explores issues of identity, exile and the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Photo : © Sansitny Ruth


80 mots du monde
ISSN : 2650-4790
The collection "80 words of the world" offers a journey to the heart of a country through the words that count in the languages of the women and men who live there.