In an age where the Internet and multimedia rule, children are more often found playing video games or using the computer than playing the traditional games of their parents’ and grandparents’ culture. This UNESCO video and initiative seeks to highlight and preserve some of these intangible heritage in the Mekong Region of the Asia-Pacific. Without this kind of preservation, these games and traditions will be lost as mainstream pop culture and modernization spreads across the globe.
UNESCO Bangkok is contributing to the safeguarding of endangered traditional children’s games in targeted Asian-Pacific countries through a project funded by the Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust through the support of the City of Gangneung. Children’s games from 14 different ethnic groups in four different countries in Southeast Asia will be researched and documented. Local research teams are working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Luang Prabang, Lao PDR; Penang, Malaysia; Bangkok and northern Thailand. This video of selected children’s games in Cambodia was produced by Ophidian