LOUNG UNG is a Public Speaker, bestselling author, activist, and co-screenplay writer of a 2017 Netflix Original Movie directed by Angelina Jolie based on her memoir, First They Killed My Father, now streaming on Netflix in over 100 countries.
Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge soldiers stormed into her native city of Phnom Penh. Four years later, in one of the bloodiest episodes of the 20th century, some two million Cambodians – out of a population of seven million – had died at the hands of the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime. Among the victims were both of Loung’s parents, two sisters, and 20 other relatives. In 1980, Loung, her older brother Meng and his wife, escaped by boat to Thailand, where they spent five months in a refugee camp before relocating to the United States in Vermont. Today, Loung and her husband Mark Priemer, live in Cleveland, Ohio–where they are co-owners of three successful restaurants and two microbreweries the city.
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NBCNEWS: With ‘First They Killed My Father,’ Cambodian Activist Wanted To Honor Her Parents.
Vermont Public Radio: Cambodian-Born Author Loung Ung On Resilience And Survival
PEOPLE MAG: Loung Ung on Working with Angelina Jolie on Movie Set
MS. MAGAZINE: Activism from the Streets to the Screen
WBUR Radio Boston: Khmer Rouge Survivor Loung Ung on her Memoir
Feminist.com Conversation with Loung Ung on Women & Courage
Cleveland Art Prize Interview
Kirkus Review: LULU IN THE SKY
Washington Post Review: LULU IN THE SKY
Read Book Excerpt: LULU IN THE SKY, GRANDMOTHER WHO POSSESSES GOOD BLOOD