[News] Rediscovering Cham Heritage in Cambodia: Language, Script, and Community

Cham Language Written in Notebook by StudentProfessor Jorge López CortinaDepartment of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, will discuss the Cham Heritage Extension Program, a literacy project that ran between 2011 and 2017 and saw the first formal attempts to produce literacy materials for the Western Cham language and train instructors as advocates of Cham literacy to the wider community. The event will take place on Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in the University Libraries Common Area, second floor.

Initially envisioned as a small literacy project for a few villages, the Cham Heritage Extension Program produced six textbooks and language guides, trained more than 30 Cham teachers, and served over 2,400 students. Most importantly, the program has expanded the scope of use of the written Cham language, producing not only textbooks, but children’s books, books of poetry, and a monthly general interest publication, Mukva, the first ever Cham language periodical. The program also established the Cham Language Advisory Committee, a body that watches over all these initiatives in order to ensure that the process of normalization of the Cham language is steered by the Cham community.


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