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“Mama, do you see that echo? On the wall there, looking at me.” It was my three-year-old’s first visit to Phnom Penh, the city of my birth. “Why are there so many?” I followed her gaze, where she had spied a gecko clinging to a high corner. In her innocent mispronunciation, she’d touched on something I felt was hauntingly apropos: Despite its breathtaking pace of transformation, this is still a city of echoes, reverberations of the past.

Daisy Walsh was busy making her mark on the ad industry in New York City when a good friend, who had been helping restore the temples of Angkor Wat and knew she liked to travel, told her to come visit him in Cambodia. She fell in love with Phnom Penh and found a way to stay. She now…