CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1996 |
Many Cambodians in Southern California debated Tuesday why Academy Award-winning actor Haing S. Ngor was shot to death, but some wondered if assassination was the motive because he had tried to bring perpetrators of the Cambodian holocaust to trial before an international tribunal. "We cannot rule out a political motive," said Borann Duong, editor of Cam News, a Cambodian-language newspaper in Long Beach.
February 27, 1996 |
Academy Award-winning actor Haing S. Ngor--who survived the savage horrors of the Khmer Rouge before starring in "The Killing Fields," a movie about the brutality in his native Cambodia--was found shot to death outside his apartment near Dodger Stadium, police said Monday. The motive for the shooting was unknown, detectives said. But the victim's cousin, Pich S. Dom, guessed that it might be revenge by the Khmer Rouge while neighbors thought that Ngor probably died during a robbery.
September 12, 1989 |
On Aug. 17, Haing Ngor, winner of an Academy Award for his role in "The Killing Fields," stepped off a plane in Phnom Penh and saw his homeland for the first time since 1979, when he fled the brutal rule of the Communist Khmer Rouge. During his stay in the capital city, there were happy moments, such as his reunion with a younger brother he had not seen in 15 years. But mainly, what he saw saddened him.
January 25, 1989 |
Academy Award-winner Haing Ngor will appear Sunday in a half-hour documentary called "Beyond the Killing Fields" that he hopes will "wake up the world" to the plight of Cambodian refugees. "The documentary shows the work I'm doing and is about the suffering of the people at the border," he said. "We must wake up the world. Why has the world forgotten Cambodia and especially its children? "Before 'The Killing Fields,' no one knew what happened in Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge killed 4 million people.
February 15, 1988 |
The tiny, two-bedroom apartment just east of Chinatown is not the sort of place one expects to find a best-selling author, much less an award-winning actor. Blistering plaster and threadbare carpets complement furniture best described as "serviceable." Only a large temple rubbing from Angkor Wat and a wall covered with awards bespeak the occupant's origin and accomplishments. Dwarfed by a statue of a standing Buddha, his 1985 Oscar for best supporting actor is accorded no special place of honor.