Restoring the Name of the ‘Cambodia Scholar’

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George Groslier and the Royal University of Fine Arts. Source: Khmer Times 20191011

via Khmer Times, 11 October 2019: The legacy of George Groslier, a French scholar who promoted the study of Cambodian culture and history in the early 20th century.

He was the first French baby to be born in Cambodia, a country he would introduce to the world through his writing and artwork. This Frenchman worked on countless projects that promoted Cambodian arts and culture, including the first museum and the first art school in the Kingdom. He even died a cruel death in the country to which he devoted his life. His name is George Groslier.

Sadly, very few Cambodians know his name today. Recently, the official biographer of ‘The Cambodia Scholar’ asked the Royal government and Cambodian people to restore the name of a street, which used to bear his name — the least the country could do to honour Groslier. The request, however, is not free from questionability, writes Taing Rinith.

Restoring the Name of the ‘Cambodia Scholar’

Source: Restoring the Name of the ‘Cambodia Scholar’ – Khmer Times