Cambodia, Uncategorized

Business is Cambodia’s salvation

Phnom Penh Post, Monday, 30 April 2012

Business is the most important activity for the Cambodian people. The government does not have the resources to support the 14.8 million people who live in this small, unique country and the multi-national corporations that come here are legally obligated to their shareholders to make profits.

So what’s available to help poor Cambodians improve their lives? Business. Read Full Article
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Loung Ung Writes Home

Interview.com April 17, 2012
Fear follows us. It followed Loung Ung from the death-filled Khmer Rouge reign in Cambodia to a hopeful new life in America. In her memoir Lulu In The Sky (Harper Perennial), Loung evocatively shares her journey from bitter, angry young girl lost in the child soldier camps of the Khmer, to rebellious but dreamy American adolescent, longing for the careless freedom of her friends.Read Full Article

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Loung Ung makes ‘Lulu in the Sky’ shimmer with renewal after the Cambodian killing fields

April 15, 2012
Cleveland Plain Dealer review of Lulu in the Sky

…The final book in her trilogy, “Lulu in the Sky,” is Ung’s account of forging a new life, painfully hammering past and present into one. Central to her story is Clevelander Mark Priemer, Ung’s college sweetheart at St. Michael’s in Vermont. A handsome, optimistic man, Priemer embodies the American belief that we hold our identity in our own hands. He sticks by her as she lurches through the decade after graduation, sometimes facing, more often denying, her trauma… Read Full Review

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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

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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!)