The ethics of survival: Teaching the traditional arts to disadvantaged children in post-conflict Cambodia

Kallio, Alexis A. and Westerlund, Heidi
Kallio, A. A. and H. Westerlund. 2016. The ethics of survival: teaching the traditional arts to disadvantaged children in post-conflict Cambodia. International Journal of Music Education. Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 90-103.
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Asia and the Pacific

The contemporary Cambodian education sector has recognized the need to safeguard and revive the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) previously forbidden under the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). While most traditional music, dance and theatre education takes place within elite or specialized contexts, a growing number of non-governmental organizations are incorporating such ICH elements into programmes that serve underprivileged, abandoned, orphaned or disabled youth. This article presents the results of a three-year research project focusing on the practical and ethical issues faced by educators at different field sites as they negotiated the tension between transmitting ICH and preparing youth to enter a cosmopolitan, post-conflict Cambodia.