Fishing to fish farms

Personal memory by Malika I.

2023 CECambodia

The beautiful fish that once flooded Cambodia's waterways — a source of culture, cuisine, preservation — now gone. Fisherman no longer catch but farm. The food that once marked my parent's childhood is but a more distant taste . . . salted, smoky, pungent. fish, bones picked clean, oil still sticking to the fingertips.

Memory submitted at One Life: Maya Lin, National Portrait Gallery, 2022

Image: WorldFish via Flickr, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)