“Ich bin Berliner, not a donut.”
I’m Sophat Soeung [so-paat, not so-fat] or សឹង សុផាត in Khmer (Cambodian). I am a digital lead, journalist and aspiring researcher based in Washington, DC. I am currently a digital strategist and reporter at the Voice of America (VOA) Khmer-language Service. I most recently follow technology, youth, and media trends in Cambodia, Cambodian America, and Southeast Asia, after also following politics and foreign affairs. Prior to joining VOA Khmer in 2010, I was a lecturer of English at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. I earned an M.A. in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, United States. A native of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I have lived and traveled in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States. I speak Khmer, English, and German and consider myself “culturally disrupted.” My mission is to help the world connect more meaningfully.
The seemingly insignificant childhood years I spent in (East) Berlin, Germany – witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall in the late 1980s – have come to profoundly shape my interests and life of today. It has positioned me at the intersection of international relations and communications technologies.
SophatSoeung.Com is a personal website/blog primarily aimed at reflecting the synergy of these two forces – my Connecting the Dots on international affairs (mainly Cambodia and Southeast Asia) and digital media. I consider myself both an insider and outsider of Cambodia and hope to create more understanding of the country in international affairs by connecting these two different and often conflicting perspectives in my observations. I hope to write about trends that haven’t already been covered by more informed writers. The website is colored by visuals and occasional irrelevant thoughts.
Disclaimer: Any views expressed here are solely mine and not that of any of my employers or affiliated institutions.
*Note: This website/page is a work in progress and will still be updated in the coming months. Please regularly check back for the latest.*