September 26, 2012

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection

Collection Number: 2854

Post Type: Book

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Artist or Author: Sim Sarak and Cheang Yarin

Creation Year: 2012

Length: 11.75 inches

Width: 8.25 inches


A former high school teacher of Khmer literature from 1970 t0 1975, and Director of Administration and Finances, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts from 2000 to 2010, Sim Sarak immersed himself together with other culture experts to preserve and develop the Khmer culture. He was born on April 5, 1950, Kroch Seuch Village bordering the Mekong River, Hann Chey commune, Kampong Siem district, Kompong Cham province. In 1953, his family was relocated in Chung Khal, Chup commune, Tbaung Khmum district, the same province. This was teh sort of community that made young villagers and himself, love flying kites since 1959. With full endorsement from the government, he initiated and organized the first Kite-Flying Festival in the capital city of Phnom Penh in 1994, thus reviving kite-flying practices after its death for almost three decades of war in the ountry. In addition, he took initiatives to hold the first Khmer Gastronomy Contest in 1997. During this time, he was very active in drafting the law of copyright and related rights. He was assigned by the government to present Khleng Ek, a traditional musical kite to the international kite festivals in France, Italy, England, India, China, Korea, Japan, and ASEAN countries since 1998. In 2003, Khmer Kite Museum in Phnom Penh city was opened to the public by his initiative. He retired on April 30, 2012, but is still active in kiting.
Mrs. Cheang Yarin, wife of Mr. Sim Sarak, is a kite lover. She was born on March 20, 1957 in Phnom Penh. She was a former staff member of the National Heritage Department, MInistry of Culture and Fine Arts from 1980 to 1991. She served for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) until 1992, she was employed by Marubeni Corporation up to 1993. She worked for the Shell Company of Cambodia, until 2000. Her commitment and love for the Khmer culture, empowered her to join with her husband in conducting and writing cultural essays, including the Asian Copyright Handbook in Khmer and this book.

full color, 114 pages
second edition, 2012
printed in Cambodia

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Geographic: Cambodia

Kite Type: Bowed, Figure

Materials: Bamboo, Paper

Significance: Art, Cultural, Historical

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