Fig. 2. Dimensions: 2.3 x. 3.4 inches, Circa 1955. My father is the young man standing at the back next to the statue of a Yeak. In Khmer folklore, Yeak is the presentation of evil. Yeak at the gate of the temple represent the defeat of evil by Buddha and the conversion of Yeak into a protector of Buddhism. Many temples in Cambodia have two of these statues at the gate as a symbolic guard. My father is with his school friends, my father’s school was near this temple, Wat Piphittearam. You can see they are very smartly dressed, sun glasses and matching shoes, they are not in uniform so I guess they were just hanging out. I believe this photograph was made around the mid 1950s – this was a very sophisticated period in Cambodia and Battambang was very much considered an artistic hub. My father was very involved in sport, he also played the accordion – the international styles and influences were very apparent. A lot of my father’s friends from this period were still close to my father as he grew into adulthood, they would stop by the house even when I was a child, but I don’t remember their names. Battambang was a small community, however it is the second largest city in Cambodia; A Fragile Past: Exploring One Family’s Narrative Through the Photographs They Buried

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