Phatry Derek Pan

Serving Khmer America since 1998™.

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How I Became Addicted to Interviews Part 1

I have interviewed at least 500 people in my lifetime. They were students, activists, politicians, artists, business folks, the homeless, elders, children, and friends. The majority of these conversations took place under my affiliations with various news and media companies throughout the past 15 years like KhmerConnection, Rajana Society, Phnom Penh Post, and Khmerican. There is a certain excitement that fills me when I get into the process–this unexplainable curiosity to immerse myself into my subject and their words.

It began circa June 2000 through Vibol Hou. Hou is the founder of the popular online community start up called, KhmerConnection. Known by followers as KC, the website was the premiere destination for Cambodian Americans. Its user base was predominantly college students from SoCal and the rest of the West Coast. The community forums was where most members consumed their

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Welcome to PDP Version 5.0!

A new month is here and in 31 days, a new permanent home: Cambodia. In marking these new changes, I have decided to migrate from WordPress to the minimalist, more intuitive design of Svbtle.

Since 2003, I have blogged intermittently in multiple platforms. I started with the now defunct Text America, then experimented with Xanga, LiveJournal,, Blogger, Blogspot, Tumblr, Cargo and WordPress. I played around with Medium and Ghost for about a week before finalizing on Svbtle.

PDP Version 5.0 will be my modest attempt in reviving my love for writing. I had written regularly for 3 years starting in August 2005 when I made my first move to Cambodia. These pieces varied from trivial food related musings to more content rich analysis of Cambodian society. On the side, I wrote articles on arts and culture for the Phnom Penh Post, the country’s oldest English language newspaper. And in

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