Sunday, December 19, 2010

Avoiding a faux pas

I had kittens a while ago when I was sent an early suggestion for the cover of my book To Cambodia With Love. It's the one in green above, with the rice planters wearing the traditional Vietnamese pointy hats. I rejected it immediately. Of course, some farmers in Cambodia wear pointy hats to shield themselves from the hot sun but to avoid a faux pas or even a mini international incident, I suggested we aim for something more Cambodian, and we eventually ended up with two classical dancers, snapped at the temples of Angkor. Phew... close call. We also changed the colour of the book cover. Below is one of the book's Phnom Penh-based readers, Rumnea.
Rumnea and her copy of TCWL

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Anonymous James said...

If you had gone for the green "Vietnamese" cover then the people at KI Media would have gone nuts.

Mind you there are quite a lot of Vietnamese descended people in Cambodia, some estimates are in the millions so it could be representative.

December 20, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Indeed, KI Media would've been the least of my worries. As soon as I saw it, I had visions of effigies of me being burned outside the Monument Book shop, surrounded by a crazed crowd of angry Khmers.

Cartoons of me, weighed down by border posts, Kampuchea Krom banners being bashed over my head, my battered and bruised face complete with fanged teeth and crazy bulging eyeballs, would've been displayed on KI Media....

...and then I woke up in a cold sweat.

December 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

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