- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: AbbottPress; 2nd ed. edition (November 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1458206300
- ISBN-13: 978-1458206305
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,305,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bamboo Promise adds to the growing number of accounts published in English by those who lived through the years of terror when the KR targeted, tortured and killed many of the educated elite. Bamboo Promise makes sure that we won't forget what transpired in Cambodia in the 1970s.
The first section of Bamboo Promise describes Houn's childhood in post-independence Cambodia and the second part of the book delves into the years of starvation and hard labor. The final section recounts Houn's return to normalcy and her final decision to escape to Thailand.
The genocide in Cambodia continues to hold a mysterious grasp on our imagination. For one, the KR rebels came to power in plain sight while Westerners were still in town. Moreover, some Europeans and Americans had had interactions with the KR earlier and studied their propaganda material, which foreshadowed the horrors to come.
Published pamphlets laid out in meticulous detail the evacuation of urban areas and the establishment of state controlled collectivism based on a reduced population. A KR official told a Newsweek reporter right after the fall of Phnom Penh that the people of the capital will grow rice, and moreover, that they will work or starve (Maguire, 2005, p. 50).
About the Author
Vicheara Houn moved to the United States, where she achieved her goal of continuing her education and telling her story of survival in Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. She and her husband have two grown children.
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Before reading this story I had no idea the Cambodian Genocide and the atrocities this ensued even happened. This is a must read book and, I am sure, a must watch movie when someone is smart enough to recognize its potential.