of the 172,000 people of Cambodian origin now living in the
United States arrived here as refugees, fleeing war, starvation,
forced labor and the mass killings of the Khmer Rouge rule.
In "CambodianAmericans Speak," three survivors who are forging
new Khmer-American identities speak about their lives, their
art and their struggles to reclaim memory.
Shapiro keeps the ancient forms of Cambodian classical dance
alive and blends them with dramas that speak to a people's need
Chanrithy Him writes her own heart-wrenching
accounts of genocide and gives voice to other adolescent survivors
Prach Ly jumps into hip-hop -- that most
American of forms -- and raps the story of Cambodia, from the
evacuated streets of Phnom Penh to the freestyle immigrant mix
of Long Beach. /
Cambodian-Americans Speak by Sheraz Sadiq, an Associate Producer for FRONTLINE/World.
photo: Prach Ly
credit: Photos courtesy of Jerry Gorman
credit: Photos courtesy of Chanrithy Him and W.W. Norton
credit: Photos courtesy of Michael Burr and James Wasserman