Facing the Khmer Rouge

Facing the Khmer Rouge

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As a child growing up in Cambodia, Ronnie Yimsut played among the ruins of the Angkor Wat temples, surrounded by a close-knit community. As the Khmer Rouge gained power and began its genocidal reign of terror, his life became a nightmare. In this stunning memoir, Yimsut describes how, in the wake of death and destruction, he decides to live. Escaping the turmoil of Cambodia, he makes a perilous journey through the jungle into Thailand, only to be sent to a notorious Thai prison. Fortunately, he is able to reach a refugee camp and ultimately migrate to the United States, where he attended the University of Oregon and became an influential leader in the community of Cambodian immigrants. Facing the Khmer Rouge shows Ronnie Yimsuta€™s personal quest to rehabilitate himself, make a new life in America, and then return to Cambodia to help rebuild the land of his birth.Powered by a rented Yamaha generator, classic Santana tunes such as a€œBlack Magic Womana€ rang out in Khmer, drowning out sounds of gunfire and artillery. Larony then left to fulfill his military duties and the war continued around us foranbsp;...

Title:Facing the Khmer Rouge
Author:Ronnie Yimsut
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2011-11-08


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