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What A Cambodian Driving Lesson Taught Me About "Progress"

Bending Borders

Rachel had been living in Cambodia for almost a year when she signed up for driving lessons. Phnom Penh's streets were governed by a set of political and economic rules completely foreign to her -- there were no traffic lights, no stop signs, enormous economic inequity -- and yet, no one was honking. That's when she realized applying Western standards to Cambodian traffic logic would get her nowhere fast. Even if she floored it.

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