Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction: Battling the “Cambodian Syndrome”

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pp. 1-26

The Khmer Rouge reign of terror began at approximately 7:30 a.m. on April 17, 1975, when black-uniformed soldiers marched into the nation’s capital (Phnom Penh) during the Cambodian New Year.1 Emboldened by American foreign-policy disasters and an unpopular Lon Nol dictatorship, ...

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Chapter 1: Atrocity Tourism: Politicized Remembrance and Reparative Memorialization

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pp. 27-70

Located at 113 Boeng Keng Kang 3 in the Tuol Svay Prey subdistrict of southern Phnom Penh, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is strikingly nondescript, despite its present-day international reputation as a former epicenter of Khmer Rouge atrocities. Contrary to travel writer Stuart Emmrich’s characterization of a “lovely residential neighborhood,” ...

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Chapter 2: Screening Apology: Cinematic Culpability in The Killing Fields and New Year Baby

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pp. 71-114

On January 20, 1980, the New York Times Magazine published “The Death and Life of Dith Pran: A Story of Cambodia” by Times editor, columnist, and correspondent Sydney Schanberg. A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Schanberg received earlier acclaim for his Vietnam War–era reportage. ...

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Chapter 3: Growing Up under the Khmer Rouge: Cambodian American Life Writing

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pp. 115-148

In June 2000, a quarter century after the Khmer Rouge takeover of Phnom Penh, the New York Times published a review of two Cambodian American memoirs: Loung Ung’s First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers and Chanrithy Him’s When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up under the Khmer Rouge. ...

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Chapter 4: Lost Chapters and Invisible Wars: Hip-Hop and Cambodian American Critique

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pp. 149-180

Approximately twenty miles from downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach‘s business district is a veritable “Little Phnom Penh.” Located on Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Avenues, “Cambodia Town,” as it is officially known by city planners, visitors, and residents, boasts numerous Khmer-owned jewelry stores, clothing outlets, donut shops, and restaurants.1 ...

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Epilogue: Remembering the Forgetting

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pp. 181-194

If, as Lisa Yoneyama maintains, the “process of remembering . . . necessarily entails the forgetting of the forgetfulness,” then Anida Yoeu Ali’s “Visiting Loss” (2005) poetically encompasses a contested matrix of disremembered histories, Khmer Rouge politics, refugee memory, and unstable citizenships.1 ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 195-198

Undeniably, War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work owes an enormous debt to the Cambodian American artists, writers, and activists whose commitment to human rights, genocide remembrance, and social justice—notwithstanding the passage of more than three decades after the 1979 dissolution of the Khmer Rouge regime— ...

Notes

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pp. 199-226

Bibliography

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pp. 227-236

Index

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pp. 237-244

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About the Author

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pp. 254-254

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials is associate professor of English and Asian American studies and director of the Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. She is author of Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing.