CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1995 |
As a 17-year-old student in Phnom Penh, Reach Sambath was roused from his classroom and forced to cheer for the Vietnamese army. Other than to wave a miniature Vietnamese flag, Reach was instructed not to move during the hollow tribute to the Communist force that occupied his country for a decade. * But during the spiritless parade in the Cambodian capital, Reach noticed a cadre of people, scrambling around, angling for photographs and talking to anyone they pleased. They were journalists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1997 |
Chea Sok Lim fled the killing fields of Cambodia only to discover violence in the middle of his new Orange County neighborhood. He vowed to fight it and is now being recognized for his efforts to keep Cambodian youths focused on education and away from gangs and violence. Lim, 40, was one of three people statewide named Tuesday by the California Wellness Foundation to receive its 1997 California Peace Prize, which includes a $25,000 award.
February 16, 1999 |
When Adena Spingarn first volunteered at Cambodian Family, people at the Santa Ana organization that helps immigrants and refugees were puzzled by and wary of the white teenager. They couldn't figure out why someone who lived in a well-to-do area of north Tustin would want to help strangers in a poor neighborhood. A few distrusted her because she was not Cambodian. Yet, since spring 1996, Adena kept showing up every week, first to teach children how to dance, then to speak and read English.
December 5, 1996 |
A 17-year-old member of a Cambodian street gang called the Tiny Rascal Gangsters has pleaded guilty in the 1995 murders of five members of a Vietnamese family in San Bernardino. Vinh "Scrappy" Tran, one of five gang members charged in the slayings, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of murder in exchange for a sentence of up to 50 years to life in state prison. If convicted, Tran could have been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Tran and the others are charged with the Aug.
February 27, 2014 |
Being nominated for an Oscar is always a big deal, lifting someone's career or a movie's fortunes at the box office. In Cambodia, an Oscar nomination is proving to be a big deal for an entire nation, crystallizing how important reviving the arts has been for a country devastated by decades of war, genocide and corruption. One of the movies nominated for best foreign film this year is "The Missing Picture," by Cambodia's master filmmaker Rithy Panh. His movie tells the story of the unspeakable horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge and its leader, Pol Pot, who turned Cambodia into a mass labor camp.
May 21, 2009 |
About 2,000 Cambodians marked the annual "Day of Anger" to remember Khmer Rouge victims, reenacting torture and distributing new textbooks about an era still largely ignored by schools and quickly fading from memory. A small number of the radical communist regime's leaders are on trial for war crimes, but popular interest in the reign is limited, especially among the millions of Cambodians born after the fall of the Khmer Rouge and others scrambling to make a living in one of Asia's poorest countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1985
I, too, have noticed the disparity of interest between the injustice in South Africa and the horrible atrocities in Afghanistan. What Conine failed to mention is that what is going on in South Africa is an internal affair that is really none of our business, while what is going on in Afghanistan is the systematic murder and maiming of men, women and children by Russia in another country for the sole purpose of acquiring more territory. Of course, apartheid is not to be commended, but why aren't these people who are so sensitive to its injustice, also demonstrating against Russia?