First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
We continue reading books by the Asian authors by reading a book from Cambodia and learn more about the recent history of the country. The book is available in the public library.
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Loung Ung's debut memoir, First They Killed My Father, was an international bestseller. It is now being made into a film which was co-written and directed by Angelina Jolie.
One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April Protected content , Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.
Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.
About the Author
Loung Ung is National Spokesperson for the "Campaign for a Landmine Free World," a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. VVAF founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines which was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in Protected content . Ung lectures extensively throughout the United States and appears regularly in the media.
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