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  • Minnesota State Arts Board Grant (2007) - Research and Development for artwork about Cambodian American Deportees, Phnom Penh, Cambodia - April 3-April 30, 2007
  • 2007 - travel to Laos to photograph victims of unexploded ordinance (UXO) for Legacies of War Project

DISPLACEMENT: KHMERICAN DEPORTEES, a big thank you goes out to Holly, Tang, Trip, Lucky, Wic, Short, Smily, KK and Tiny Toones, Solo, Cane, David, St. Pete, Shy, Chan, Big Head and anyone else at Korsang Khmer for allowing me to observe and learn from you. The insights you've shared with me were sometimes candid, always rich, and often painfully heartfelt. I can truly say that my time in Phnom Penh was life changing and I can't wait for my next visit. RELATED LINKS: KORSANG KHMER, TINY TOONES, WOMEN'S AGENDA FOR CHANGE


» The deportations of Cambodian Americans began in June 2002.

» Some experts believe there could be over 1,400 Cambodian Americans deported.

» Korsang staff came to America as small children after fleeing the Khmer Rouge. They were political refugees with “permanent status” as Americans.

» Their families came to America seeking the American dream. Many of them ended up on state aid in America’s ghettos.

» Korsang staff were first survivors of American war, then products of American society and now byproducts of America’s post 9-11 policy.

» Every few months groups of 10-15 Cambodian Americans are handcuffed, shackled and flown to the other side of the world, leaving behind their parents, partners and children.

» So what do you do when you’ve been unjustly deported from your home?

Excerpt from KORSANG - Risk Reduction Save Lives website

Copyright 2004. All rights reserved.Malichansouk Kouanchao