Cambodian-American Rocket Scientist Publishes Cambodian History Opus

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Cambodian-American Rocket Scientist Publishes Cambodian History Opus

Post by Abc123 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:29 pm

Cambodian-American Rocket Scientist Publishes Cambodian History Opus
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14876048.htm
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Post by vladimir » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:09 pm

Looks interesting, thank you
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Post by frank lee bent » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:20 pm

Despite its spectacular monuments at Angkor, which attest of a powerful empire that dominated Southeast Asia a millennium ago, whole chapters of Cambodia’s history remain a mystery.
This is what led Kenneth T. So—a Cambodian-American senior rocket scientist who worked for NASA and aerospace companies for 35 years—to try filling the gaps.
For a quarter of a century, he applied himself to his historical research during his every free moment, using the same dedication that had earned him the NASA Langley Research Center’s Chairman Certificate of Appreciation in the late 1980s. Since his retirement, So has worked full time to complete his monumental opus, commenting “Compiling a detailed history is not rocket science…it is much harder!” His books became available on Amazon worldwide Nov. 1.
Entitled “Khmer Kings and the History of Cambodia,” his 2-volume work covers more than 2,000 years of the country’s history, including the Angkorean era that spanned six centuries, and the Cold War era of the 1960s and 1970s during which Cambodia fell under the control of a genocidal government, the Khmer Rouge.
"Khmer Kings and the History of Cambodia-Book I" focuses on the shaping of the nation, covering the periods from the first century on, which became known as Funan and Chenla, up to the 1590s when Siam—as Thailand was then called—sacked the country’s capital of Longvek, an episode that profoundly marked Cambodia in every way. "Khmer Kings and the History of Cambodia-Book II" covers the country’s history and evolution from 1595 up to the present day.
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Post by Gardiguy » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:22 pm

This looks pretty cool. Next on my reading list
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Post by MikeMike58 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:03 am

These Cambodian history books are especially significant because they were written by a Cambodian who spent his entire life with the culture, and fluent in the Khmer language. Over the past 150 years, most books on the subject have been written by Western scholars, who interpreted the kingdom’s history from their own perspectives.
I agree with that...sorta. Some are absolute garbage. However, if not for Western writers/historians/archaeologists then who? I don't believe anyone ever banned Khmer historians from compiling their own works. Well, there was that Saloth Sar dude and his wacky band of good time guys and gals. The ONLY notable work possible was from Westerners.
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Post by John Bingham » Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:32 am

MikeMike58 wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:03 am
These Cambodian history books are especially significant because they were written by a Cambodian who spent his entire life with the culture, and fluent in the Khmer language. Over the past 150 years, most books on the subject have been written by Western scholars, who interpreted the kingdom’s history from their own perspectives.
I agree with that...sorta. Some are absolute garbage. However, if not for Western writers/historians/archaeologists then who? I don't believe anyone ever banned Khmer historians from compiling their own works. Well, there was that Saloth Sar dude and his wacky band of good time guys and gals. The ONLY notable work possible was from Westerners.
Good point. If western writers hadn't researched the topic nobody would have. Cambodia has a long history, but outside of the Royal court not many were literate, and much of what was recorded was just Royal decrees, when such-and-such a temple was consecrated, how many tithes were awarded by a certain functionary etc. These were chiselled out on stone steles, and after the 15th century no new ones were produced. Much of what has been discovered about the kingdom since then comes from outside sources, Chinese/ Thai annals etc.
The local take on history doesn't always stand much scrutiny, legends and folklore are interwoven with provable evidence and the outcome is blurry. Vickery knew this. Any historical scholar will admit that there are huge gaps which are open to interpretation or cannot be explained as of yet. I'm interested in reading this man's work but I don't believe anyone who claims to know so much that is so far gray.

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These Cambodian history books are especially significant because they were written by a Cambodian who spent his entire life with the culture, and fluent in the Khmer language.
He has lived almost all his life in the USA, where there isn't much of a Khmer culture as far as I know, especially at NASA.
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Post by MikeMike58 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:37 am

John Bingham wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:32 am
MikeMike58 wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:03 am
These Cambodian history books are especially significant because they were written by a Cambodian who spent his entire life with the culture, and fluent in the Khmer language. Over the past 150 years, most books on the subject have been written by Western scholars, who interpreted the kingdom’s history from their own perspectives.
I agree with that...sorta. Some are absolute garbage. However, if not for Western writers/historians/archaeologists then who? I don't believe anyone ever banned Khmer historians from compiling their own works. Well, there was that Saloth Sar dude and his wacky band of good time guys and gals. The ONLY notable work possible was from Westerners.
Good point. If western writers hadn't researched the topic nobody would have. Cambodia has a long history, but outside of the Royal court not many were literate, and much of what was recorded was just Royal decrees, when such-and-such a temple was consecrated, how many tithes were awarded by a certain functionary etc. These were chiselled out on stone steles, and after the 15th century no new ones were produced. Much of what has been discovered about the kingdom since then comes from outside sources, Chinese/ Thai annals etc.
The local take on history doesn't always stand much scrutiny, legends and folklore are interwoven with provable evidence and the outcome is blurry. Vickery knew this. Any historical scholar will admit that there are huge gaps which are open to interpretation or cannot be explained as of yet. I'm interested in reading this man's work but I don't believe anyone who claims to know so much that is so far gray.

Also this:
These Cambodian history books are especially significant because they were written by a Cambodian who spent his entire life with the culture, and fluent in the Khmer language.
He has lived almost all his life in the USA, where there isn't much of a Khmer culture as far as I know, especially at NASA.
I want to see what he has put together as well.

I was reading this morning a few recent articles discussing how new information is constantly coming to light as new digs progress.

About the gaps in history...I think Chandler mentioned that in his crazy kaleidoscope "A History of Cambodia". I really didn't care for it much. He was all over the place in time. Annoying.
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