Asian American Studies

that the responsible governments have fallen short of instituting proper initiatives towards guiding the survivors through the path of complete reconciliation and reparation, resulting to a state of self-blame and pity.
For the presentation, Daniel found a primary resource. The primary resource he found was on Saroan, who was a Cambodian during the time of the Khmer Rouge take over. He was only a child at the time and his family was killed. He was forced into work camps and continued to toil. During his stay in those camp, he met a few people, one of which was Jong who constantly cared for him and showed him love and care. They would constantly share food with one another and take care of each other’s needs. During the time in Cambodia, he was in constant search of his father, because the fact of his father dying was not real. In the end, he says, “The thought ‘I can’t believe I am here today’ often passes through my mind. I have been through so much but these experiences have made me strong. I don’t care how poor I am or how down I am, I know I can get by. Each time I go through bad times I know I have nothing to lose. I came here and saw that Cambodian needs its overseas Khmer to come back and help, especially those of us who have an education or degree. I want to tell my grandchildren that I was part of rebuilding Cambodia.” Like the reading, Saroan was in denial of his father’s death and kept searching until the emptiness of his heart had enough. He has lost many things but his experience through this also made him a stronger person. It gave him an identity and his life is now changing those around him, especially in Cambodia.
&nbsp.For the presentation, Jae Summarized the second part of the reading "Exiled Memory: History, Identity, and Remembering in Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian Diaspora", by Khatharya Um. The second part of the reading mainly focuses about the memory and resistance that Southeast Asian people, especially&nbsp.the Southeast