Monthly Archives: January 2016

the killing fields

The Choeung Ek Genocidal Center was one intense event.
most visitors used headphones for this audio tour,
and it was right to have no one speak out loud
in this silent but shameful battlefield.
it was the place where innocent souls were killed
and the world abandoned them to their fate…

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S21

S stands for Security Office-
which actually meant prison during the Pol Pot regime.
About 20,000 people is believed to have been kept in this high school turned prison
where prisoners were abused, tortured and eventually sent to the killing fields.
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s214s213There were seven survivors and only two are still alive today.
It was an honor to meet Bou Meng and Chum Mey
at the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum.

vietnam museum of ethnology

today we talk about heritage and living museums
we steer away from the traditional understanding of a museum
which has a lot to do with colonial history, stolen artifacts and objectifying people
but museums are wonderful spaces
which tells us of the colorful past and a vibrant present
vietnam museum of ethnology was one of the best
museums i have visited in recent years…

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1969 islands = halong bay

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there is so much to see in every direction-
the wind chasing the birds along the skyline,
the myriad rocks and islands rising all around.
The idea of these being the peaks of some dark,
undersea mountains makes my gut lurch.
I feel vulnerable…

-Bee Rowlatt in In Search of Mary