Books, Cambodia, Loung Ung

WCPN interview: Loung Ung: Writer, Survivor and Activist

WCPN: 10-year-old Loung Ung survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia. She fled the genocide that killed nearly two million people. But more than 20 of her relatives died including her parents and two siblings. We’ll meet with Ung – now grown up and living in Northeast Ohio. Join us for a conversation on the extraordinary courage of the human spirit. Listen to Interview, Originally aired 10/3/11

Books, Cambodia

An excerpt from Loung Ung – Lulu in the Sky

Loung’s Ung’s final book in her memoir trilogy – Lulu in the Sky: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness.

 Prologue: Amah Chiem La Aw (Grandmother Who Possessed Good Blood) 

Kompong Speu, Cambodia, January 2000
“Daughter,” my grandmother called me, her hand reaching out. “Did you bring me a grandchild?”Read More Excerpt

Cambodia, Cambodia Activism

Dan Austin’s tour of Cleveland to raise ‘bikes’ for children in Cambodia…

CLEVELAND – Dan Austin, the man Outside Magazine named as one of “Ten Icons Changing the World,” is coming to Cleveland April 11-14.

Austin is the co-founder of the 88bikes Foundation which donates bicycles to needy children all over the world.

In 2007, Austin and his brother Jared were on a cycling tour of Cambodia. At the end of their tour, they decided to donate their bikes to a local orphanage which housed 88 children. Donating their two bikes meant 86 children would not be getting bikes. Read more:

He’ll be speaking at Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 6 p.m.
on April 11.  (I’ll be there! hope to see some friends there too!)
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Reflections on Cambodia

March 12, 2o12 What the Khmer Rouge killing fields tell us about leftist utopianism.
By Douglas B. Levene

In April of 1970, I, along with thousands of other college students, went on strike. We were protesting the bombing of Cambodia. It was a heady time, untroubled by any actual knowledge of Cambodia. Not that anyone knew very much about Cambodia then. Read Full Article.

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Reporter recalls rare trip to Pol Pot’s Cambodia

AFP, February 22, 2012

When the Khmer Rouge invited a pair of American journalists to Cambodia in the late 1970s for a rare glimpse of the revolution, they found empty streets and schools in a city with no laughter.

“There was nobody there. It was like walking into the Twilight Zone,” recalled one-time Washington Post correspondent Elizabeth Becker. Read Full Story