Blowing Up Cows in Cambodia
When a tourist gets in a tuk-tuk taxi in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, chances are the driver will ask them if they want to go to the killing fields or the shooting range. These are two of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, and it’s common to do both in an afternoon. First learn about genocide, second, fire the weapons used in that genocide at fake houses built to look like the shelters of those executed en masse. For $500 you can blow up a live cow. In Blowing Up Cows in Cambodia I will investigate how this violent fantasy has become so popular it’s a cliché.