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


New Khmer Book: Out of the Dark, Into the Garden of Hope


New Book that deals with Khmer Rouge and PTSD.   Dr. Sam Keo is now an honored clinical psychologist working for the county of Los Angeles, and his story is one of triumph over adversity-but not without a cost.

Like many of his fellow Cambodians, Sam struggles with the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. His own unique experiences, from trauma to success, have made it easier for him to empathize with others facing similar stresses. There are uncalculated challenges in the underserved Asian population, especially among the former refugees from Southeast Asia, such as the Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese people…


New Book Coming April 2012!

Lulu in The SkyWhen readers first met Loung Ung, in her bestselling memoir First They Killed My Father, she was a young innocent child in Cambodia. When the Khmer Rouge invaded her city, she soon found herself locked in a desperate struggle for survival in Cambodia’s notorious Killing Fields. Now, Lulu in the Sky reveals Loung’s daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while she attends college and falls in love 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. Read reviews and interviews (this takes readers to a pager of interviews & reviews?)

About Loung Ung: Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge 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 genocide victims were both Loung’s parents, two sisters, and 20 other relatives.  Today, Loung has made over 30 trips back to Cambodia.  As an author, lecturer, and activist, she has dedicated 20 years to promoting equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide.  When she is not traveling or writing, Loung is a food taster at a trio of RESTAURANT, BAR, AND BREWERY, she co-owns in Cleveland, Ohio. LOUNG’S FULL BIOGRAPHY

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