Cambodia, Cambodian Tribunal, Uncategorized

Another Mass Grave discovered in Cambodia…

Meanwhile, here on earth…in a remote village in Cambodia, another sad discovery… LU
Cambodia, Uncategorized

Team Cambodia played great Olympic Games!

Team Cambodia didn’t win any medal but as Pierre de Cobertin, the French educator credited with being responsible for the revival of the Olympic games said in 1894, “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part, the essential thing in life is not conquiering but fighting well.”
Team Cambodian fought bravely, so in the spirit of a fan, I send my bravos to the Cambodian athletics and others like them out there who played a great game. Peace & Cheers, LU



Beer. Proetry. Prose. What’s not to like?

The Market Garden Brewery Reading Series. 
Beer. Poetry. Prose. Two of Cleveland’s most exciting writers headline a new monthly reading series at one of Cleveland’s most exciting venues. Readings will be about thirty minutes long with a ten minute intermission. Books will be available to purchase and can and signed after the readings. Come drink local microbrews and listen to local masterpieces.

And plan ahead:

Tuesday, July 10 @7PM: Philip Metres and Loung Ung
Tuesday, August 7 @7PM: Dan Chaon and Sarah Gridley
Tuesday, September 4 @7PM: Paula McLain and Catherine Wing
Tuesday, October 2 @ 7PM: George Bilgere and Thrity Umrigar

to purchase and can onsite… Read More about it: click here.



Loung Ung reads ‘Lulu in the Sky’ in Burlington, VT on June 9

Saturday, June 9, South Burlington, VT
@3:00PM, Barnes & Noble info.
102 Dorset Stre
et, S. Burlington, VT 05403,  802-864-8001

 Former Vermonter, Activist, Cambodian genocide survivor, and bestselling memoirist Loung Ung returns with LULU IN THE SKY: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness (HarperPerennial; April 2012), the eagerly anticipated conclusion to the trilogy that began with First They Killed My Father — a national bestseller and the recipient of a 2001 Asian/Pacific American Librarian’s Association award for Excellence in Adult Non-Fiction Literature. With First They Killed My Father, Ung gives an unflinching account of the Cambodian killing fields, where she lost her parents, two of her sisters, and twenty other family members. Her following book, the critically-acclaimed Lucky Child, chronicles Loung’s story of growing up as a refugee in Essex Junction, and that of her sister Chou in Cambodia.

In Lulu in the Sky, Loung reveals her daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while she attends college at Saint Michael’s College and falls in love with Mark, a Midwestern archetype of American optimism. Lulu is a story of Loung’s tentative steps into love, activism, and marriage—a journey that takes her back to Cambodia to reconnect with her mother’s spirit and to a vocation that focused on healing the landscape of her birth.

 In her acknowledgements, Loung gives thanks to Ellis Severance, her ninth-grade teacher who encouraged her to write, and to… “the community in Essex Junction, where kindness is abundant.  There was no better place for me to heal.”  For more information, visit


The forgotten Khmer Rouge victims

Phnom Penh Post, Tuesday, 29 May 2012

More than 30 years ago, the world mourned the deaths of the nearly two million people who lost their lives in Cambodia under the reign of the Khmer Rouge regime, which renamed the country Democratic Kampuchea.

The world acknowledged the State-sponsored torture, forced labour, starvation and executions that laid waste to Cambodia, marking one of the worst human tragedies in recorded history.

The overwhelming presence of mass graves and the loss of an estimated full quarter of the population of the country, told the story of what had transpired in stark numerical terms.

What remained untold, and what the world has not yet acknowledged, is the other calamity – that of widespread rape and other sexual crimes that took place under the Khmer Rouge, and were a central part of the range of atrocities perpetrated from January 1975 through to April 1979. Read Full Story