September 2006

Speaking of Genocide

by socheata on September 19, 2006

Last Sunday, Charles, Joanne, Leslie and I were at the Darfur Rally in Central Park. We volunteered for Human Rights and listened to speakers and singers. I was impressed by two things: 1. how many young people were there (at least 605) 2. how many Jewish people were there (as many as 50% of the groups.) It occurred to me that Cambodian Americans aren’t organized to tell the history of the Khmer Rouge. Therefore they’re not organized to advocate for the prevention of genocide.

As Cambodians, what is the conversation we bring to the world? I don’t think we have one. Not yet anyway.