National Geographic : 1964 Oct
Kaleidoscope of cultures NIMBLE FINGERS pluck an eight-stringed gares. Khmer-Loeu hill-tribe boy plays in his hut near the Laotian border. Gourd held against chest amplifies the monotonous melody. Bath in a basin delights a healthy boy of Phnom Penh; mother pours from her kettle. Bountiful rice crop piles up in a Chinese owned mill near Battambang (lower left). Por ter balances a 200-pound bag with his hook. Barefoot lumberjack crosscuts a sunken log near Phnom Penh. He lives with his family in the palm-leaf shelter on a giant raft floating down the Mekong River from forests around Kratie. Bamboo trunks buoy hardwood logs. Chopsticks fly as boys lunch outside their home in Phnom Penh's Chinese quarter (pages 544-5). Almost a third of the capital's residents are Chinese; they control most of its shops and trade. Rarely holding citizenship, they main tain their own language, customs, and schools. EKTACHROME(OPPOSITE, LOWER) AND KODACHROMES N.G.S.