Meet a Local Cambodian


Meet Yok Do. Yok is a smart, lively Cambodian man. Yok is from a rural area in Cambodia and currently works as a guide and interpreter. He is also a farmer, like most people in Cambodia. Yok identifies as an ethnic minority, meaning he is not part of the Khmer majority. He grew up in a small village where they practice animism, a belief system where everything has a soul, including plants, objects and natural phenomena. Although Yok and I had very different upbringings, we connect as friends. 

Yok teaches me a lot about Cambodian culture and way of life. He is always joking. I wonder if that is part of Cambodian culture or if it is just Yok's personality. I hope you can pick up on Yok's lifestyle and personality in this interview. 

What is your full name?:

Do Yok in Cambodian. In English, it is different: first name first and other name last. So, it is Yok Do [in English].

Where do you live? What is your house like?:

I live in Banlung city. My house is only four meters by five meters. The roof is metal and the walls are wood. There is only one room.

What is your family like?:

I have three sons, my wife and me. I have five people in my family. I have three sisters and I am the oldest.

How do you get around?:

I don’t have a motorbike or a car.