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Outrage at Perceived Cultural Appropriation of Angkor Wat

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October 2, 2020
Outrage over Thai hotel’s “appropriation of Cambodian culture”
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Social media was ablaze today with criticism of a Thai Hotel which seems to be appropriating Khmer culture and landmarks – such as the famed Angkor Wat temple complex – for commercial purposes.

Le Palais hotel, on the Thai island of Koh Phangan, appears to have built an entire complex pastiching some of Cambodia’s most cherished icons under the slogan of “Discover the pride of Angkor”.

A statement on the hotel’s website states that “Our hotel is inspired by the beautiful ruins of Angkor Wat located in Cambodia. All of our buildings, decorations and rooms are handmade to reproduce at perfection what you could see in Cambodia.”

Visitors to Le Palais are offered a choice of rooms, all bearing Cambodian names such as “The Angkor Rooms” described as “As the aesthetic distinctiveness and its cultured surrounding, Angkor Wat is the most valued and admired of the Khmer Empire, The Palace of the King.”

Social media commentators have reacted with a mixture of anger and bemusement, with some criticising the hotel for what they call “cultural appropriation”. One commentator said “Angkor Wat is the property of Khmer people. It is not right that a foreign country steals our culture”.
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50769368/o ... n-culture/

Previous outrage, now forgotten, was caused by an Angkor Wat replica built in plastic for a Chinese theme park, Fantawild, in 2018.

Angkor Wat Replica in Guangxi China Theme Park
China is known for creating replicas of the world’s most famous sites. They have entire theme parks that allow you to travel around the world without ever leaving China. The latest is an Angkor Wat replica mimicking the renowned Khmer temple.
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An Angkor Wat replica has been built in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China. This fake Angkor was built in built in honor of the annual China-Asean exposition.

The renowned World Heritage site of Angkor Wat can now be found at a new tourist attraction built in Nanning, China called “Amazing Angkor”. It may look similar to the architecture of Cambodia’s best known historic temple but seeing as it has been duplicated in plastic, it doesn’t look very realistic.

Many in the Kingdom had a negative reaction upon learning of the Chinese theme park copying their iconic historic and religious landmark.
https://www.salarussey.com/angkor-wat-r ... heme-park/
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Re: Outrage at Perceived Cultural Appropriation of Angkor Wat

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"Perceived"
I guess that's editorial addition, but it does raise an interesting Q or 3.

Should the principles and protections of copyright only apply to real $$$$money stuff manufactured by card-carrying real industrial capitalists?

Why are some people so wobbly when it comes to illegal petty theft from writers and musicians but scathing of low life's like "phone man" who shoplift from mini marts?

How do.... ???
Oh dear, i think the audience just left the building upon hearing the previous question

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Of course who could forget the controversy over the Angkor Wat toilet seat covers sold on Amazon

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Wow!

Is that the reserve price - or your opening bid, Clutch?
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of course when it comes to the Chinese overlords making replicas to make a theme park of Angkor Wat it is not complained about ... $trange I wonder why that i$?

https://www.salarussey.com/angkor-wat-r ... heme-park/
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A bit silly. In this case the intentions are clear, they're upfront about it and it's nothing nefarious. A bit funny to say you "steal" Khmer culture, but it's ok for Khmers to copy just about anything from any other country. Cultural appropriation as a way of getting offended doesn't exist.
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no one tell them about Metal Slug...
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People are becoming easily offended. I don't know how many false Eiffel Towers exist in the world, but there are probably a packet of them.

If other people make copies of your stuff( from buildings to hairstyles) then take it as a compliment. They think your idea is cool so they copy it. That used to be called fashion trends or something like that.
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Meanwhile, the Thai have built Japan land.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Busin ... l-to-Japan

Which has exposed more Thai to Japan who would have otherwise never gone.

And ...

Drum roll ...

Inspired more wealthy Thai to go and visit Japan.

(Before the virus hit, that is.)

Seems to be more of the Khmer ‘you look down on me’ syndrome.

Now if there was a Khmer Rouge inspired S21 or ‘Killing Fields’ theme park which depicts all Cambodians as either bloodthirsty killers or poor victims, there may be more of a leg for outrage.

Gonna put on my tin foil hat on, now.
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Thai interest in Japan spawned a whole TV series.

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