Friday, November 19th, 2021
SPEAKER: Cambodian Genocide Survivor, Theary Seng
Daughter of the Killing Fields is an inspiring personal testimony by Theary Seng of her family’s survival of the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia’s recent history. She has combined her own earliest memories with the collective recall of her four brothers and close relatives to produce a powerful and fascinating memoir.
Born in Phnom Penh in 1971, she lost her father in the flight from the capital four years later. Under the Khmer Rouge she lived in the Svay Rieng province bordering Vietnam, where the killings were most intense and where she spent five months in prison. One night she fell asleep in her mother’s embrace and woke up to find her gone forever. Theary and her surviving family members, thirty people in total, trekked across the border to Thailand in late 1979 and emigrated to the United States a year later. Today, she’s a successful lawyer and has recently returned to live in the country of her birth, not as a prisoner, but out of choice.
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