First They Killed My Father

First They Killed My Father is an unforgettable book told through the voice of the young and fearless Loung. It is a shocking and tragic tale of a girl who was determined to survive despite the odds.

Author: Loung Ung

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780578423

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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A major film, co-written and directed by Angelina Jolie Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights and being cheeky to her parents. When Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Loung's family fled their home and were eventually forced to disperse to survive. Loung was trained as a child soldier while her brothers and sisters were sent to labour camps. The surviving siblings were only finally reunited after the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia and started to destroy the Khmer Rouge. Bolstered by the bravery of one brother, the vision of the others and the gentle kindness of her sister, Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life. First They Killed My Father is an unforgettable book told through the voice of the young and fearless Loung. It is a shocking and tragic tale of a girl who was determined to survive despite the odds.

First They Killed My Father Movie Tie in

From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit—now a ...

Author: Loung Ung

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780062561305

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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Repackaged in a new tie-in edition to coincide with the Netflix film produced and directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt, a moving story of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her triumphant spirit as she survived the Cambodian genocide under Pol Pot’s brutal regime. Soon to be a feature film on Netflix directed and produced by Angelina Jolie Pitt, an unforgettable narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her triumphant spirit as she survived the Cambodian genocide under Pol Pot’s brutal regime. Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights, and sassing her parents. While her beautiful mother worried that Loung was a troublemaker—that she stomped around like a thirsty cow—her beloved father knew Loung was a clever girl. When Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Ung’s family fled their home and moved from village to village to hide their identity, their education, their former life of privilege. Eventually, the family dispersed in order to survive. Loung trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, while other siblings were sent to labor camps. As the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia, destroying the Khmer Rouge, Loung and her surviving siblings were slowly reunited. Bolstered by the shocking bravery of one brother, the courage and sacrifices of the rest of her family—and sustained by her sister’s gentle kindness amid brutality—Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life. Harrowing yet hopeful, insightful and compelling, this story is truly unforgettable.

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First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung is 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge assumes power over Cambodia in 1975.

Author: Nathan Adams




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Loung Ung is 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge assumes power over Cambodia in 1975. They soon begin a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly 2 million Cambodians die. Forced from her family's home in Phnom Penh, Ung is trained as a child soldier while her six siblings are sent to labor camps.

Poetry to Make You Think Poetry Based on First They Killed My Father and Kaffir Boy

Pa Kennedy Yang They killed my father. Why'd they kill my father? What did he
do wrong? The War Jenou Lee The intense moment of war Is when the shooting
begins As the rain pours They all die is when it ends. First They Killed My Father

Author: The 2011-2012 8B students of Washington Technology Magnet


ISBN: 1300305312

Category: Poetry

Page: 86

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Haiku and Quatrain poetry written by eighth grade students from Saint Paul, Minnesota expressing their understanding of the books First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers and Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa. The poetry is filled with mature, empathetic responses the readers are sure to value.

After They Killed Our Father

Loung Ung's First They Killed My Father is an unforgettable narrative of war
crimes and desperate actions, the remarkable strength of a small girl and her
family, and a triumph of human spirit over oppression. Until the age of five, Loung
Ung ...

Author: Loung Ung

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780577583

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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In 1980, at the age of ten, Loung Ung escaped a devastated Cambodia and flew to the US as a refugee. She and her eldest brother, with whom she escaped, left behind their three surviving siblings, and her book is alternately heart-wrenching and heart-warming, as it follows the parallel lives of Loung and her closest sister, Chou, during the 15 years it took for them to be reunited. Their two worlds were very different, and Loung's depiction of the contrast between her life in the affluent West and that of her sister, who navigated her way through landmine-strewn fields and survived raids by the Khmer Rouge, is laced with the guilt she feels about being the lucky one. This powerful story helps us to understand what happens when a family is torn apart by politics, adversity and war. It is also the compelling and inspirational tale of a remarkable woman.

Transnationalism and the Asian American Heroine

Whereas Loung Ung's debut memoir, First They Killed My Father:A Daughter of
Cambodia Remembers (2000), describes “life under the Khmer Rouge,” Lucky
Child is principally concerned with “life after the Khmer Rouge” (1980–2003).

Author: Lan Dong

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786462086

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

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This collection examines transnational Asian American women characters in various fictional narratives. It analyzes how certain heroines who are culturally rooted in Asian regions have been transformed and re-imagined in America, playing significant roles in Asian American literary studies as well as community life. The interdisciplinary essays display refreshing perspectives in Asian American literary studies and transnational feminism from four continents.

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide Portraits of Evil and Good

In 2000, Ung published her memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of
Cambodia Remembers. Written in large part for therapeutic reasons, and based
on a series of journal entries she began writing when she was in high school in
the ...

Author: Paul R. Bartrop

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 031338679X

Category: Political Science

Page: 403

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This book documents the devastating effects of genocide in the world's most destructive human environments since the end of World War II and explores why such events still occur.

To Asia with Love

In addition , numerous books have been written about the Cambodian genocide ,
and two that I would recommend are THE DEATH AND LIFE OF DITH PRAN by

Author: Kim Fay

Publisher: ThingsAsian Press

ISBN: 9780971594036

Category: Travel

Page: 248

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Imagine that on the eve of your upcoming trip to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, you are invited to a party. At this party are fifty guests, all of whom live in or have traveled extensively through these countries. Among this eclectic and well-versed group of connoisseurs are authors of acclaimed guidebooks, popular newspaper columnists and pioneering adventurers. As the evening passes, they tell you tales from their lives in these exotic places. They whisper the names of their favorite shops and restaurants; they divulge the secret hideaways where they sneak off to for an afternoon (or a weekend) to unwind. Some make you laugh out loud, and others mesmerize you with their poetry and lyricism. Some are intent on educating, while others just want to entertain. Their attitudes are as unique as their personalities, but they are united in one thing ... their love of the region. If you can envision being welcomed at such a party, then you can envision the experience that this guidebook aspires to give you. Within these pages you will find tips for adventuring, eating, shopping, and sightseeing from savvy expatriates, seasoned travelers, and inspired locals. Unlike the typical guidebook, To Asia With Love does not offer a comprehensive overview, but instead presents selected recommendations in the form of personal essays and tidbits, each of which is paired with a practical fact file. Discover the benefits of carrying a baseball glove in Laos, go bird watching in the Thai everglades, take a motorbike into the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia, and immerse yourself in modern art in Vietnam. In addition, one chapter focuses solely on opportunities for giving back to the countries you visit.

Bold Words

... The Goddess of Sleep ” Lahiri , “ Mrs . Sen ' s ” Okada , from No - No Boy Ung ,
from First They Killed My Father Vazirani , “ Reading the Poem about the Yew
Tree ” Love / Relationships Choi , from The Foreign Student Chu , “ The
Bitterness ...

Author: Rajini Srikanth

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813529660

Category: Fiction

Page: 442

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A century of Asian American writing has generated a forceful cascade of "bold words." This anthology covers writings by Asian Americans in all genres, from the early twentieth century to the present. Some sixty authors of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American origin are represented, with an equal split between male and female writers. The collection is divided into four sections-memoir, fiction, poetry, and drama-prefaced by an introductory essay from a well-known practitioner of that genre: Meena Alexander on memoir, Gary Pak on fiction, Eileen Tabios on poetry, and Roberta Uno on drama. The selections depict the complex realities and wide range of experiences of Asians in the United States. They illuminate the writers' creative responses to issues as diverse as resistance, aesthetics, biculturalism, sexuality, gender relations, racism, war, diaspora, and family. Rajini Srikanth teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the coeditor of the award-winning anthology Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America and the collection A Part, Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America. Esther Y. Iwanaga teaches Asian American literature and literature-based writing courses at Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Blood on the Stone

'First they killed my mother, then they killed my father, then they killed my auntie.
Then they put my arm on the ground and the man took the cutlass and chopped it
once. He chopped it again and the second time my arm fell off. He told me to go ...

Author: Ian Smillie

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 085728987X

Category: History

Page: 252

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Africa’s diamond wars took four million lives. ‘Blood on the Stone’ tells the story of how diamonds came to be so dangerous, describing the great diamond cartel and a dangerous pipeline leading from war-torn Africa to the glittering showrooms of Paris, London and New York. It describes the campaign that forced an industry and more than 50 governments to create a global control mechanism, and it provides a sobering prognosis on its future.

Stay Alive My Son

Pin Yathay's first haunting account of Cambodia's killing fields appeared in
French as L'Utopie meurtriere, or Murderous Utopia, ... Two well—received
examples -— First They Killed My Father, by Loung Ung, and When Broken Glass
Floats, ...

Author: Pin Yathay

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801468655

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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On April 17, 1975, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh to open a new and appalling chapter in the story of the twentieth century. On that day, Pin Yathay was a qualified engineer in the Ministry of Public Works. Successful and highly educated, he had been critical of the corrupt Lon Nol regime and hoped that the Khmer Rouge would be the patriotic saviors of Cambodia. In Stay Alive, My Son, Pin Yathay provides an unforgettable testament of the horror that ensued and a gripping account of personal courage, sacrifice and survival. Documenting the 27 months from the arrival of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh to his escape into Thailand, Pin Yathay's story is a powerful and haunting memoir of Cambodia's killing fields. With seventeen members of his family, Pin Yathay were evacuated by the Khmer Rouge from Phnom Penh, taking with them whatever they might need for the three days before they would be allowed to return to their home. Instead, they were moved on from camp to camp, their possessions confiscated or abandoned. As days became weeks and weeks became months, they became the "New People," displaced urban dwellers compelled to live and work as peasants, their days were filled with forced manual labor and their survival dependent on ever more meager communal rations. The body count mounted, first as malnutrition bred rampant disease and then as the Khmer Rouge singled out the dissidents for sudden death in the darkness. Eventually, Pin Yathay's family was reduced to just himself, his wife, and their one remaining son, Nawath. Wracked with pain and disease, robbed of all they had owned, living on the very edge of dying, they faced a future of escalating horror. With Nawath too ill to travel, Pin Yathay and his wife, Any, had to make the heart-breaking decision whether to leave him to the care of a Cambodian hospital in order to make a desperate break for freedom. "Stay alive, my son," he tells Nawath before embarking on a nightmarish escape to the Thai border. First published in 1987, the Cornell edition of Stay Alive, My Son includes an updated preface and epilogue by Pin Yathay and a new foreword by David Chandler, a world-renowned historian of Cambodia, who attests to the continuing value and urgency of Pin Yathay's message.

Embodying Asian American Sexualities

10 Family, Citizenship, and Selfhood in Luong Ung's First They Killed My Father
Cathy Schlund-Vials Sometimes it's ... Sopheap K. Hang, “Memoir ofa Child's
Nightmare, ” in Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields, 33 Those who are alive ...

Author: Gina Masequesmay

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739133519

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

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This book is conceived as a reader for use in American studies, Asian American studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender studies, performance studies, and queer studies. It also contains new scholarship on Asian/American sexualities that would be useful for faculty and students. In particular, this volume highlights materials that receive little academic attention such as works on Southeast Asian migrants, mixed race cultural production, and Asian/American pornography. As an interdisciplinary anthology, this collection weaves together various forms of 'knowledge'_autobiographical accounts, humanistic research, community-based work, and artistic expression. Responsive to the imbrication of knowledge and power, the authors aspire to present a diverse sample of discourses that construct Asian/American bodies. They maintain that the body serves as the primary interface between the individual and the social, yet, as Elizabeth Grosz noted over a decade ago, feminist theory, and gender and sexuality studies more generally, 'has tended, with some notable exceptions, to remain uninterested in or unconvinced about the relevance of refocusing on bodies in accounts of subjectivity.' This volume attempts to address this concern.

Remembering Mass Violence

One winter evening, in bed reading First They Killed My Father, a memoir
recommended to me by a student who also seemed privately obsessed, I put the
book down and wept. The author, Loung Ung, came of age in Cambodia at the
same ...

Author: Steven High

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442666595

Category: History

Page: 376

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Remembering Mass Violence breaks new ground in oral history, new media, and performance studies by exploring what is at stake when we attempt to represent war, genocide, and other violations of human rights in a variety of creative works. A model of community-university collaboration, it includes contributions from scholars in a wide range of disciplines, survivors of mass violence, and performers and artists who have created works based on these events. This anthology is global in focus, with essays on Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. At its core is a productive tension between public and private memory, a dialogue between autobiography and biography, and between individual experience and societal transformation. Remembering Mass Violence will appeal to oral historians, digital practitioners and performance-based artists around the world, as well researchers and activists involved in human rights research, migration studies, and genocide studies.

Coming Full Circle One Woman S Journey Through Spiritual Crisis

Memoirs of a Woman Who Found Her Way out of the Maze of Bipolar Disorder
and Learned to Create a Balanced Life. ... A couple years before my first episode
I read a book called First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung, which described ...

Author: Carol L. Noyes

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1493189271

Category: Self-Help

Page: 284

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Her journey of recovery from bipolar disorder and her insights are described in this book, an autobiography of Carol Noyes. When Carol went through mid-life crisis in the spring of 2006 her world was turned upside-down. Carol was able to wean herself off drugs, after over four years on psychiatric medications. She found natural alternatives that effectively helped her to recover and to lead a productive life. Carol believes that the current medical paradigm is inadequate and often unable to help individuals to heal and to bounce back. Carol nearly died from a combination of the swine flu and lithium poisoning. Her descent to the bottom of the metaphorical well provided the impetus for her to research non-drug therapies. These therapies, along with faith, hope, and courage, brought Carol back to a peaceful life. Carol recounts her life and investigates the factors that precipitated imbalance. She writes about her extraordinary experiences during expanded states of consciousness. She also delves into the world of symbols and mythologies, describing how they became poignant for her. Carol calls her experience a time of spiritual awakening; a time of developing self-esteem, learning to love herself, and finding her true purpose. She hopes that her insights will help others going through spiritual crisis. Those interested in humanistic psychology, personal growth, and spirituality may find this book fascinating.

Cambodia in Pictures

The grandson of King Norodom , he took the throne in 1941 , at only nineteen
years of age . ... He returned to Cambodia in the early 1990s , once again
entering ... Her book , First They Killed My Father , tells of her childhood
experiences ...

Author: Margaret J. Goldstein

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 9780822519942

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Discusses the geography, history, government, people, cultural life, and economy of Cambodia.

Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater

During her senior year at the University of California, Berkeley, she and her
family were relocated to a Japanese internment camp ... She has written two
memoirs: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (
2000), which ...

Author: Wenying Xu

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810855771

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 389

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The Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater covers the history of Asian American literature and theater through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries on authors, books, and genres. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about this important topic.

Stories We ve Heard Stories We ve Told

As examples, think of Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl, Victor Frankl's Man's
Search for Meaning, Loung Ung's First They Killed My Father, or Elie Wiesel's
Night. So much of our knowledge, expertise, and wisdom related to the helping ...

Author: Jeffrey Kottler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199328277

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This is a book that integrates what is known from a wide variety of disciplines about the nature of storytelling and how it influences and transforms people's lives. Drawing on material from the humanities, sociology, anthropology, neurophysiology, media and communication studies, narrative inquiry, indigenous healing traditions, as well as education, counseling, and therapy, the book explores the ways that therapists operate as professional storytellers. In addition, our job is to hold and honor the stories of our clients, helping them to reshape them in more constructive ways. The book itself is written as a story, utilizing engaging prose, research, photographs, and powerful anecdotes to draw readers into the intriguing dynamics and processes involved in therapeutic storytelling. It sets the stage for what follows by discussing the ways that stories have influenced history, cultural development, and individual worldviews and then delves into the ways that everyday lives are impacted by the stories we hear, read, and view in popular media. The focus then moves to stories within the context of therapy, exploring how client stories are told, heard, and negotiated in sessions. Attention then moves to the ways that therapists can become more skilled and accomplished storytellers, regardless of their theoretical preferences and style.

Writing to Change the World

Out of My Life and Thought. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. Ernest
Shackleton. ... Loung Ung. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia
Remembers. HarperCollins, 2001. Marie Vassiltchikov. Berlin Diaries. Vintage,

Author: Mary Pipher, PhD

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440679460

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, Another Country, and The Shelter of Each Other comes an inspirational book that shows how words can change the world. Words are the most powerful tools at our disposal. With them, writers have saved lives and taken them, brought justice and confounded it, started wars and ended them. Writers can change the way we think and transform our definitions of right and wrong. Writing to Change the World is a beautiful paean to the transformative power of words. Encapsulating Mary Pipher's years as a writer and therapist, it features rousing commentary, personal anecdotes, memorable quotations, and stories of writers who have helped reshape society. It is a book that will shake up readers' beliefs, expand their minds, and possibly even inspire them to make their own mark on the world.

A Companion to Nietzsche

Leiter, Brian (2002). Nietzsche on Morality (London: Routledge). Sleinis, Edgar (
1994). Nietzsche's Revaluation of Values: A Study in Strategies (Urbana:
University of Illinois Press). Ung, Loung (2000). First They Killed My Father: A
Daughter ...

Author: Keith Ansell Pearson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444356178

Category: Philosophy

Page: 616

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A Companion to Nietzsche provides a comprehensive guide to all the main aspects of Nietzsche's philosophy, profiling the most recent research and trends in scholarship. Brings together an international roster of both rising stars and established scholars, including many of the leading commentators and interpreters of Nietzsche. Showcases the latest trends in Nietzsche scholarship, such as the renewed focus on Nietzsche’s philosophy of time, of nature, and of life. Includes clearly organized sections on Art, Nature, and Individuation; Nietzsche's New Philosophy of the Future; Eternal Recurrence, the Overhuman, and Nihilism; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy and Genealogy; Ethics; Politics; Aesthetics; Evolution and Life. Features fresh treatments of Nietzsche’s core and enigmatic doctrines.