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Cambodia’s War and Refugees

Frontline/World: Pol Pot’s Shadow
A Frontline/World reporter follows a trail of mass graves to find "Brother Number Two," the former Khmer Rouge commander, living at liberty in the country he helped destroy. Read the stories of three Cambodian Americans, see a timeline on Cambodia’s recent history and learn more about how the American government’s actions—and inactions—impacted the country.

P.O.V.: The Flute Player
Cambodian musician Arn Chorn-Pond was just a boy when the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975. Learn more about Arn’s life and work, read an interview with the founder of the Yale Cambodian Genocide Program, listen to traditional song performances from the Cambodian Master Performers Program Archive and conduct a Cambodian music ensemble.

Cambodia in Modern History: Beauty and Darkness
The Beauty and Darkness project provides information on the recent history of Cambodia. Read chilling oral histories, personal essays and travel journals; get facts and figures; and see photos of Cambodian communities abroad.

Thai-Cambodian Border Refugee Camps
Maintained by a former camp employee, this site contains information on the refugee camps that housed thousands of Cambodian genocide survivors. See maps and photos and read about repatriation efforts.

Cambodian Genocide Project
Since 1994, this ambitious project has studied the tragedy of Cambodia’s genocide, collecting and publishing records, papers and even the 100,000-page archive of the Khmer Rouge’s security police. See interactive maps and search the database for resources and more than 10,000 photos.

The Digital Archive of Cambodian Genocide Survivors
Read survivor stories and learn more about Cambodia today at this volunteer-run archival site.

The UN Refugee Agency
The UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. Get facts, articles and info on protecting refugees around the world.

Doctors Without Borders: Visit a Refugee Camp
This online companion to the traveling exhibit features an interactive journey into daily life in a refugee camp.

Beyond the Fire: Teen Experiences of War
Of the millions of war refugees fleeing conflicts around the globe, almost half are children. This interactive site features teen refugees' stories, a virtual passport, lesson plans and discussion guides.

Cambodian Americans

Cambodian-American Heritage
Founded in 1980, this organization aims to preserve Cambodian arts and culture in the United States. Find out more about its dance troupe and music ensemble.

New York Times Magazine: “In a Homeland Far From Home"
Under a new "repatriation" law, Cambodian refugees that have committed even the smallest crimes can—and are being—sent back to Cambodia. Learn more about this law’s repercussions and how American refugees are often ineligible for forgiveness or fairness hearings.

AsianWeek: “A New Nightmare: Cambodian American Deportation Carries History’s Weight”
Find out more about how new immigration and deportation laws are affecting Cambodian American refugee communities.

Vietnamese Youth Development Center
Founded in 1979 and based in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, the Center serves an increasingly diverse group of local refugees and immigrant populations, including the three young men featured in REFUGEE. Learn more about its programs and services.

The Khmer Voice
Also known as the Cambodian Literary Connection, this project was created for young and adult Cambodians and Cambodian Americans interested in expressing themselves through poems and stories. Read stories, essays and poems.

Books

When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge
By Chanrithy Him
(W.W. Norton, 2001)
Now living in Oregon, where she studies posttraumatic stress disorder among Cambodian survivors, Chanrithy Him has written a first-person account of Cambodia’s genocide.

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
By Loung Ung
(Perennial, 2001)
Spanning 1975 to 1979, Loung Ung’s story moves from the deaths of her family members to the forced separation of the survivors to reunions and eventual immigrations.

Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia
By William Shawcross
(Simon and Schuster, 1979)
Written by a journalist, this is the first full-scale investigation of the secret and illegal war the United States fought with Cambodia from 1969 to 1973, which paved the way for the Khmer Rouge massacres.

When the War Was Over
By Elizabeth Becker
(PublicAffairs, 1998)
An account of life after the Khmer Rouge and a dissection of the forces that allowed it, written by a journalist who covered the war for The Washington Post, and who was the only Westerner allowed into the country during the Pol Pot regime.

Bamboo and Butterflies
By JoAn Dewey Criddle
(East West Bridge, 1992)
A biography detailing the Cambodian American refugee experience in California.

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