A Khmer Village in Cambodia
May Mayko Ebihara (1934–2005) was the first American anthropologist to conduct ethnographic research in Cambodia. Svay provides a remarkably detailed picture of individual villagers and of Khmer social structure and kinship, agriculture, politics, and religion. The world Ebihara described would soon be shattered by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. Fifty percent of the villagers perished in the reign of terror, including those who had been Ebihara's adoptive parents and grandparents during her fieldwork. Never before published as a book, Ebihara’s dissertation served as the foundation for much of our subsequent understanding of Cambodian history, society, and politics.
Andrew C. Mertha
Andrew Mertha is Professor of Government at Cornell University. He is the author of Brothers in Arms and China's Water Warriors.
Brothers in Arms
Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975–1979
Andrew Mertha traces the surprising lack of influence of China over Cambodia to variations between the Chinese and Cambodian institutions that administered military aid, technology transfer, and international...
China's Water Warriors
Citizen Action and Policy Change
Mertha argues that as China has become increasingly market driven and decentralized, the control and management of water has transformed from an unquestioned economic imperative to a lightning rod of bureaucratic infighting, opposition, and open protest.
The Politics of Piracy
Intellectual Property in Contemporary China
China is by far the world's leading producer of pirated goods—from films and books to clothing, from consumer electronics to aircraft parts. As China becomes a full participant in the international economy, its inability to enforce intellectual...