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[LITERATURE] Loung Ung - Cambodian Author

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  • madchinaman
    Author, First They Killed My Father: a Daughter of Cambodia Remembers; Lucky Child: a Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister she left behind National
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 20, 2005
      Author, First They Killed My Father: a Daughter of Cambodia
      Remembers; Lucky Child: a Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the
      Sister she left behind National Spokesperson, Campaign for a
      Landmine-Free World

      Loung Ung is a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, one of
      the bloodiest episodes of the twentieth century. Some two million
      Cambodians—out of a population of just seven million—died at the
      hands of the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime.

      Loung was born in 1970 to a middle-class family in Phnom Penh. Five
      years later, her family was forced out of the city in a mass
      evacuation to the countryside. By 1978, the Khmer Rouge had killed
      Loung's parents and two of her siblings and she was forced to train
      as a child soldier. In 1980, she and her older brother escaped by
      boat to Thailand, where they spent five months in a refugee camp.
      They then relocated to Vermont through sponsorship by the US
      Conference of Catholic Bishops and Holy Family Church parish in

      Loung returned to Cambodia fifteen years after her escape for a
      memorial service for the victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide and was
      shocked and saddened to learn that twenty of her relatives had been
      killed. This realization compelled her to devote herself to justice
      and reconciliation in her homeland. Learning about the continuing
      destruction being caused by the millions of landmines that still
      litter the countryside in Cambodia led Loung to work to spread the
      word about the dangers of these indiscriminate weapons.

      Her memoir, First They Killed My Father: a Daughter of Cambodia
      Remembers, published by HarperCollins in 2000 is a national
      bestseller and recipient of the 2001 Asian/Pacific American
      Librarians' Association award for "Excellence in Adult Non-fiction
      Literature" (APALA). The book has been published in eleven countries
      and has been translated into German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish,
      French, Spanish, Italian, Cambodian, and Japanese. Loung has been
      the subject of numerous television programs, including documentary
      film broadcasts on NHK Television in Japan and by WDR in Germany.
      Her second book, Lucky Child will be published by HarperCollins in
      April 2005.

      Loung is a featured speaker on Cambodia, child soldiers, women and
      war, domestic violence, and landmines. She worked for the Vietnam
      Veterans' of America Foundation's (VVAF) Campaign for a Landmine-
      Free World from 1997-2003, prior to which she was Community Educator
      for the Abused Women's Advocacy Project of the Maine Coalition
      Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Ung continues to serve as National
      Spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World.

      Loung has spoken widely to schools, universities, corporations,
      Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), The Million Dollar Round Table
      Plenary, and other symposia in the US and abroad, including the UN
      Conference on Women in Beijing, the UN Conference Against Racism in
      Durban, South Africa, and the Child Soldiers Conference in
      Kathmandu, Nepal.

      Loung sits on the Advisory Board for Hewlett-Packard's World E-
      Inclusion Initiative and The Cambodian Association of Chicago,
      Illinois. The World Economic Forum selected her as one of the "100
      Global Leaders of Tomorrow." She has been featured in The New York
      Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, and the London
      Sunday Times and in Biography, Glamour, Jane, Ms., and People
      magazines. Loung has been featured on National Public Radio's The
      Diane Rehm Show, Talk of the Nation, Weekend Edition, and Fresh Air
      with Terry Gross, The Today Show with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric,
      and has appeared on ABC NEWS Nightline, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, and C-
      SPAN. She has recently been spotted on stage with such notable
      personalities as Paul McCartney and Sheryl Crow.

      For more information, please contact George Greenfield at
      CreativeWell Lecture, Inc at 1-800-743-9182 or via the email at
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