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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News: Educate Girls, Change The World

10x10 Educate Girls, Change The WorldI am thankful 2011 provided me with numerous opportunities to work on new projects that rewarded my desire to affect change in our world and to write the stories that most touched my heart. Thus, I was thrilled to join forces with Richard E. Robbins, an award-winning documentary director, writer, and producer, and The Documentary Group as a writer on for their feature film, 10X10: Educate Girls, Change the World.

“…10×10 is a feature film that tells the stories of 10 extraordinary girls, from 10 developing countries around the world. These stories, written by an acclaimed female writer from the girl’s country and narrated by a celebrated actress, describe a unique personal journey of triumph and achievement against incredible odds…” Click to learn more about Click to learn more about 10×10’s Book Club featuring Loung’s book, FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER.



10X10: Educate Girls, Change The World Book Club Kit

10x10 EDUCATE GIRLS, CHANGE THE WORLDFor someone who has experienced hell, Loung Ung is a bright, welcoming voice filled with inviting laughter.

She’s warm: “I just had dinner with my writing group last night. They’re my PenGals. I just love them! I don’t know what I would do without them.”

She’s practical: “I hate to drive! I have a 1997 beat-up old Toyota so if I get another ding on it, I don’t have to worry!”

She’s mischievous: “Yeah, just about when everyone is pulling out their boots and scarves, I like to share pictures of me on the beach with my friends at home who are freezing.”

She’s curious: “I tried to Google you, but I couldn’t figure out which Terry Hong you are!”

She’s goofy: “When I don’t feel like cooking, and my husband doesn’t feel like cooking, I just tell him, ‘Hey, I moved to Ohio for love! Make me something warm and good! Pour me a glass of wine and I’ll sit at the counter and entertain you while you cook for me!’”

Yes, she loves to eat, and she’s not even picky: “I can eat anything, and sleep anywhere!” she declares. “I grew up eating out of the garbage cans, so nothing ever upsets my stomach!”

And there she offers a glimpse of her past. Above all else, Loung Ung is a survivor – a survivor who has managed to keep her humanity (and humor) intact in spite of enduring unspeakable atrocity. Click here for more: AUTHOR INTERVIEW ON BOOK DRAGON.