Loung Ung

Loung Ung
Making Your Mark: Creating Change, Cultivating Community


Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child (A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites With The Sister She Left Behind will speak on Wednesday, October 6, 7 p.m., Orton Center.

Books will be available for purchase—a book signing will follow the lecture.

Campus Diversity and Inclusion, Philosophy, Chaplain’s Office and Race and Ethnic Studies Present Loung Ung, author of “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” and “Lucky Child (A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites With the Sister She Left Behind.”

Loung is a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, one of the bloodiest episodes of the twentieth century.

Her award-winning book “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia tells the story of her struggle to survive. It is a national bestseller and has been published in eleven countries.

“Lucky Child”, her second book, tells the story of her years in America and the sister she left behind.

Loung has dedicated her life to promoting equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide. In 1995, Loung returned to Cambodia and saw that thousands of the survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide were being maimed, injured, and killed by a new threat—antipersonnel landmines.

Littered by the millions in Cambodia’s fragile land, these landmines, often not larger than a hockey puck, are weapons of mass destruction in slow motion, taking one limb, one leg, one life at a time.

Loung has committed herself to helping the victims and ridding the world of landmines. Loung combines video footage with hard facts about the devastation caused by landmines.

She tells a story of love, loss, survivor’s guilt, and finding redemption through activism.

Loung’s life is a testimonial that ‘activism matters’ and will inspire others to seek out
ways they too can make a difference.

For more information, please contact leela_madhavarau@redlands.edu or call 909-748-8297.

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