Beyond the Killing Fields: Voices of Nine Cambodian Survivors in America

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“Welaratna’s book is a study in human persecution, courage, and survival that reaches well beyond Southeast Asia. . . . Through these stories of the survivors’ ordeal and escape, Welaratna patiently explores the cultural, linguistic, and religious challenges Cambodian refugees face in this country and the long-term impact the violence and turmoil will likely have. There are no comparable texts . . . and Welaratna’s work is sensitively written and well researched. Recommended for academic, public, and high school libraries.”—Library Journal
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"Welaratna's book is a study in human persecution, courage, and survival that reaches well beyond Southeast Asia. . . . Through these stories of the survivors' ordeal and escape, Welaratna patiently explores the cultural, linguistic, and religious challenges Cambodian refugees face in this country and the long-term impact the violence and turmoil will likely have. There are no comparable texts . . . and Welaratna's work is sensitively written and well researched. Recommended for academic, public, and high school libraries."—Library Journal
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Welaratna's book is a study in human persecution, courage, and survival that reaches well beyond Southeast Asia. The detailed personal narratives are told by nine Cambodians who fled their country during Pol Pot's reign of terror and settled in northern California in the early 1980s. Through these stories of the the survivors' ordeal and escape, Welaratna, a native of Sri Lanka, patiently explores the cultural, linguistic, and religious challenges Cambodian refugees face in this country and the long-term impact the violence and turmoil will likely have. There are no comparable texts, although several refugee accounts should be mentioned: John Tenhula's Voices from Southeast Asia LJ 10/1/90, Joanna C. Scott's Indochina's Refugees McFarland, 1989, and Refugees as Immigrants Rowman & Littlefield, 1989. Welaratna's work is sensitively written and well researched. Recommended for academic, public, and high school libraries.-- Pamela J. Peters, SUNY at Oneonta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804723725
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: Asian America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Creating Beyond the Killing Fields 1
Pt. I Pre-Khmer Rouge Cambodia
1 Historical Background 11
2 Society and Culture 26
3 Look Tha: A Former Buddhist Monk 37
4 Bopha: A New American 63
Pt. II The Desecration of a Culture
5 The Khmer Rouge Revolution 91
6 Pu Ma: A Welfare Mother 97
7 Bun Thab: A Khmer Rouge Escapee 117
8 Mum: Dad's Little Girl 136
Pt. III In Search of Freedom
9 Coming to America 165
10 Niseth: A College Student 169
11 Nya Srey: A Widowed Single Parent 203
12 Apsara: A Cambodian Wife 219
13 Koun Srey: A Teenage Daughter 237
Pt. IV Interpretations: Beyond the Killing Fields
14 Life, Death, and the Holocaust 251
15 Cambodian and American Views of Successful Adjustment 261
Bibliography 281
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