Past Event

Troubled Waters: The Challenges Facing Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake

April 21, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, Room 918, New York, NY 10027


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PLEASE NOTE: Proof of vaccination is required and will be checked at the entrance. The entrance is 420 West 118th Street. Please plan to arrive between 11:00am - 11:50am for check in.

Speaker: Abby Seiff, freelance journalist based in NYC

Moderator: Sreyneath Poole, New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN) Program Coordinator

Join NYSEAN, the Center for Khmer Studies, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute for a talk with Abby Seiff and her new book, Troubling the Water: A Dying Lake and a Vanishing World in Cambodia. The abundance of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake helped grow the country for millenia and gave rise to the Kingdom of Angkor. Fed by the rich, mud-colored waters of the powerful Mekong River, the lake owes its vast bounty to an ecological miracle that has captivated poets, artisans, and explorers throughout history. But today, the lake is dying. Hydropower dams hold back billions of gallons of water and disrupt critical fish migration paths. On the lake, illegal fishing abetted by corruption is now unstoppable. A fast-changing climate, meanwhile, has seen a string of devastating droughts. In conversation with NYSEAN Program Coordinator Sreyneath Poole, they will explore how the rapid destruction of Cambodia's largest lake is upending the lives of millions who depend on the lake for their survival.

The event is co-hosted by the WEAI and NYSEAN and is sponsored by the Center for Khmer Studies and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

Contact Information

Julie Kwan