“Tuktuk Barang” translates from Khmer into English as “Foreign Tuktuk” – while Barang technically means “French” it is also a generic slang term for a foreigner. Our family is now using a tuktuk as our regular transport in Phnom Penh, choosing not to own a car, while we still do not really want to carry our two young daughters through busy Cambodian traffic on motorcycles. This has been an interesting experience – we are not aware of any other expatriate families using a tuktuk in the same way in Phnom Penh at this time – and is emblematic of our attempts to walk a line between retaining our Australian identity and changing something of who we are to better fit in our new home.
If you’ve never visited tuktukbarang before, you can check out my posts (in just the random scramble that all blogs produce) by hitting the Home button above. Or, if you want something a little more linear, I have recently written a series of fiction poems called ‘Phnom Penh Traffic‘. They contain some story and some character work, but are also focussed on being richly descriptive of the city of Phnom Penh.
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