Opening Ears and Eyes
Blog entry December 14, 2014
Save World Art was recently profiled in Pacific University's Khmer Student Coalition Conference, 2014, "Building Bridges." Young people gathered in their hundreds who were either Cambodian born, born in the United States with a minimal knowledge of their cultural heritage, or simply friends of Cambodia. The Cambodian Student Association's organisation was impecable and Save World Art's representatives were magnificently cared for. Several colleges in the area of Stockton, Northern California, where Pacific Univeristy is located convened, and listened with wide eyed attention as they learned of Bassac Opera, Shadow Puppet Theatre and the legends and stories they tell. Pol Pot had all but eradicated any artistic endeavour during the horrific years of the Khmer Regime regime and the students heard about their existance for the first time. Cambodian Bassac Opera is an indigenous theatrical tradition going back well over 3,000 years. The conference participants were stunned to learn that they had a heritage of such wonder, pre dating the Greeks by many centuries.