Elizabeth Becker: An American Journalist’s Tour of the Khmer Rouge

VOA, February 8, 2012

Rare photographs depicting life under the Khmer Rouge go on display in Phnom Penh this week, along with audio interviews with regime leaders that will become part of a permanent collection in the capital.

The exhibit, “A Reporter’s Dangerous Guided Tour Through Democratic Kampuchea,” chronicles the work of Elizabeth Becker, an American journalist and author of “When the War Was Over,” a book on Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge. Read Elizabeth Becker Full Article


Sinn Sisamouth–Cambodian Master Singer

In memory of Etta James, Whitney Houston and others American legendary singers, here is our Cambodian iconic singer Sinn Sisamouth whose life was cut short by the Khmer Rouge regime.  His songs and voice will live forever.

Cambodian Tribunal

Nuon Chea Denies Role in Security Apparatus, Killings

VOA, February 9, 2012



Jailed Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea was given the right to order killings under the regime’s policies, a tribunal prosecutor told the court Thursday.

Dale Lysak, international deputy prosecutor for the UN-backed court, said documentation of the regime showed that the security committee, which included Nuon Chea and Pol Pot, decided on “all the killings.” Read Full Article

Cambodian Tribunal, Duch Trial

Duch: Symbol of Khmer Rouge horror

Who is Duch? This BBC piece provides a good, brief background. Loung Ung

BBC News, February 3, 2012
By Philippa Fogarty

In early 1999, in a village in northwest Cambodia, an elderly man introduced himself to a journalist. He was Hong Pen, he said, a former teacher from the capital, Phnom Penh. He spoke good English and was wearing the T-shirt of an American aid organisation. READ FULL ARTICLE


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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