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Daughter of the Killing Fields Asrei's Story Paperback – Import, 2005

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Memoir of Cambodian woman born in 1971.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Fusion Press (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904132782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904132783
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,254,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By AndyB on April 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Daughter of the Killing Fields : Asrei's Story is an inspiring personal testimony by Theary Seng of her family's survival of the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia's recent history. She has combined her own earliest memories with the collective recall of her four brothers and close relatives to produce a powerful and fascinating memoir.

Born in Phnom Penh in 1971, she lost her father in the flight from the capital four years later. Under the Khmer Rouge she lived in the Svay Rieng province bordering Vietnam, where the killing's were most intense and where she spent five months in prison. One night she fell asleep in her mother's embrace and woke up to find her gone forever. Theary and her surviving family members, thirty people in total, trekked across the border to Thailand in late 1979 and emigrated to the United States a year later. Today, she's a successful lawyer and has recently returned to live in the country of her birth, not as a prisoner, but out of choice.

My brief description above takes into little account the trials and tribulations experienced by the family unit. An incredible strength of will and determination to survive, exhibited by Theary and her family members, resonates throughout the whole book, none more so than that embodied by Grandma Yi Hao, a colossus of a matriarch and unflinchingly selfless, who Theary describes as the fragrance of her life. Another worthy example is that of Ta An and Nan, whose own tale is an extraordinary one and who survived the Thai army's forced repatriation of refugees across the landmine-strewn Preah Vihear border.
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