Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia. If trying to pinpoint Cambodia on a map, look next to the Gulf of Thailand, between Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. When compared to the United States, Cambodia is a little smaller than the state of Oklahoma (The World Factbook, 2014). To understand a country, being educated on more than just the location of that country is important. In this paper, I will cover some of the history of Cambodia, education, political affiliations, the Cambodian economy, and much more.
The economy in Cambodia has seen steady growth in the past ten years. Cambodia is popular for their tourism, agriculture industry. Clothe manufacturing, and construction has seen an increase of more than six percent of gross domestic production from 2010 to 2012 (The World Factbook, 2014). The clothing industry has more than four-hundred thousand Cambodian employees. Tourism has grown by nearly two million people per year since 2007.
Even with huge economic growth, as stated above, Cambodia’s residents continue to struggle. In fact, thirty-seven percent of Cambodian children, under five years old, are malnourished. More than fifty- percent of the population is no older than twenty-five (The World Factbook, 2014). To be able to understand why the Cambodian economy is growing, but the population still suffer, we must look at the other aspects of the country.
The limited political power of mainland southwest Asia is reduced in portion to the present day territory. The Cambodian territory state included much of the Indochinese mainland. In the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, much of the southern Vietnam, Laos, and eastern Thailand were included. Much of the countries history and regional context stemming from Laos and Thailand have been a part of a big discussion in the Cambodian history books (History, 2014). Early history of Cambodia shows that it is unknown how long people have been living in present day Cambodia. People are not clear on where the Cambodian people originated. The language was spoken in the country before writing created. It is also known that as early as four-thousand BC people made and used pottery. The people built houses from wooden piles, ate a considerable amount of fish, and raised water buffalo and pigs. These findings lead historians to believe that early Cambodians were a slight medium build (History, 2014).
Moving up in time, the communist party of Kampuchea or CPK, known as the Khmer Rouge, took over control of Cambodia on April 17, 1975. The Democratic CPK ruled the country until January 1979. This was a well-kept secret until 1977. No one outside the CPK knew of the top leaders who were also referred to as Angkar Padevat (History, 2014). A large scale of massacres, and repression happened throughout the country. Moreover, the CPK with their policies of disregarding human life turned the country was one big prison camp. This eventually led into a big graveyard with close to two million...