Clip from Interview with Chhunny Sok

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Clip from Interview with Chhunny Sok

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An excerpt from a video interview with Chhunny Sok, part of the Cambodian American Community of Oregon's oral history project documenting the experiences of survivors of the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979.

Interview by Melissa and Kimberly Im, 31 May 2009.

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This digital access copy is made available as streaming media for personal, educational, and non-commercial use within the parameters of "fair use" as defined under U.S. Copyright law. It cannot be reproduced, distributed, or screened for commercial purposes. For more information, please contact Special Collections at Portland State University Library at: specialcollections@pdx.edu or (503) 725-9883.

Subjects

Oral histories, Cambodia -- Politics and government -- 1975-1979, Political atrocities -- Cambodia

Publication Date

5-31-2009

Disciplines

Asian History | Social History

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Chhunny Sok

Interviewed by Melissa and Kimberly Im, 31 May 2009

Transcribed by Patricia Schechter, 3 September 2014

Clip: 10:52-12:25

So how long did you get to stay with your family in your home?

I got to stay for a little bit. I was so, so happy. It was like, “Oh, my God! I get to stay with my mom and dad!” Then later, I went to work in the day time and came home at night but we had to have …we didn’t get to cook ourselves we had to eat at the…they had the old place to make food for us. We only owned a spoon and a bowl.

Eat at the Angkar?

Yeah, the Angkar. They guard us. Food for everybody. They eat. But then I was happy. And then one day, one evening, two soldiers came. Two soldiers with a gun. They came to my house and said, “I want her.” He pointed at me. He told my dad, “I want her.” And my dad said, “Why do you want to take her?” He said, “It’s not your daughter. It’s Angkar’s daughter.” And: “It’s none of your business.” He had two guns pointing at my dad. And they said, “We are taking her.” And then I started packing. And I was so scared. That’s the worst thing that happened to me. Because you know, you don’t know where you are going. And you don’t have a future. You know, “where are you going?” Because you know I didn’t want him to kill my mom or dad. So I went with him.

Did you know that they were killing people at this point?

They started killing people after that.

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http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/12689

Clip from Interview with Chhunny Sok


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