Very often, too often in developing countries like Cambodia, there are “Westerners” who exude the same superiority complex. They believe that because of their better education; and coming from their more advanced/sophisticated home country – together with their money - they can bring improvements to bear on these needy folks. In this sense, the old missionary concept lives on, only with a development rather than religious slant.
They can be sorely mistaken. I often remind such well-intentioned if misguided souls that it was not so long ago, that our countries were not so civilized. (Please refer to a previous blog.)