After They Killed Our Father: A Refugee from the Killing Fields Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind

After They Killed Our Father: A Refugee from the Killing Fields Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind

Loung Ung / Aug 22, 2019

After They Killed Our Father A Refugee from the Killing Fields Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind In After They Killed Our Father Loung Ung picks up where the bestselling First They Killed My Father left off with the author escaping a devastated Cambodia in at the age of ten and flying to t

  • Title: After They Killed Our Father: A Refugee from the Killing Fields Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind
  • Author: Loung Ung
  • ISBN: 9781845962371
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In After They Killed Our Father, Loung Ung picks up where the bestselling First They Killed My Father left off, with the author escaping a devastated Cambodia in 1980 at the age of ten and flying to the US as a refugee.She and her eldest brother, with whom she escaped, left behind their three surviving siblings, and her book is alternately heart wrenching and heart warmingIn After They Killed Our Father, Loung Ung picks up where the bestselling First They Killed My Father left off, with the author escaping a devastated Cambodia in 1980 at the age of ten and flying to the US as a refugee.She and her eldest brother, with whom she escaped, left behind their three surviving siblings, and her book is alternately heart wrenching and heart warming, as it follows the parallel lives of Loung and her closest sister, Chou, during the 15 years it took for them to be reunited.Their two worlds could not have been different, and Loung s depiction of the contrast between her life in the affluent West and that of her sister, who navigated her way through landmine strewn fields and survived raids by the Khmer Rouge, is laced with the guilt she feels about being the lucky one.This powerful story helps us to understand what happens when a family is torn apart by politics, adversity and war It is also the compelling and inspirational tale of a remarkable woman.

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      • Loung Ung

        An author, lecturer, and activist, Loung Ung has advocated for equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide for than fifteen years Ung lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband.


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    1. I recommend EVERYONE to read this book. Before you do, read "First They Killed My Father". This is a sequel to it. The author is a survivor of the genocide that occurred in Cambodia. The reality of what happened there and the effects it had on individual lives and the country is unimaginable. What happened to the millions that died, and the millions more that lived, should be something we are all aware of.Loung shares her story openly and sometimes brutally. What the Cambodians experienced is gu [...]


    2. Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung is the second continuation book to First They Killed My Father. It is a memoir novel about Loung’s life after she immigrated to Vermont from Cambodia. Since she had left most of her family back in Cambodia because of money reasons, she comes back to rescue and see Chou, her sister. The Ung family goes through many hardships after they move to the United States since it’s a new world to them. Throughout [...]


    3. Sequel to "First they Killed my Father", the tale of the Cambodian genocide of its intellectuals at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. This book picks up where the other left off - Loung Ong escaped to America with her brother and his wife after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, and this tells the story of her trying to find her place in a new country while also dealing with all the trauma from her suffering in Cambodia. It also tells the story of her sister, who stayed behind in Cambodia, be [...]


    4. This book is based on a real story.After the Khmer Rouge regime ended in Cambodia, Loung, her brother and sister in law escaped to Thailand and then to US. They left behind their family, hoping they would be able to help them from abroad.The book tells the story of their reunion from two points of view: Loung's and her sister Chou, who was left behind. What impressed me the most was how hard if was for Loung to let of of the ghost of the past and embrace her new life. She needed a really long ti [...]


    5. This is the follow up to the book 'First they killed my father' and while the story is quite different it is no less compelling. It concurrently follows the journey of Loung as she leaves Cambodia and starts a new life growing up in the US, and her sister Chou as she is forced to grow up quickly in Cambodia.It is a fascinating look at the problems facing refugees who move to a country where they have a language and cultural barrier. Loung sums this up well when she says her Cambodian friends tho [...]


    6. Eye-opening memoir about one sister recovering from the Khmer Rouge as a refugee in American and another sister recovering in Cambodia.


    7. Ung manage to surprise me once again with her thoughtful, incredible, and inspiring memoir. With the book "Lucky Child," as the sequel to "First They Killed My Father." Ung, as a child was forced to live under the harsh rule of the Khmer Rouge Regime. Loosing her oldest sister, father, mother, and younger sister she was left with three brothers and one sister. With the amount of gold they owned, Meng(her oldest brother), his wife Eang, and Ung were the only ones to leave to the United States. No [...]


    8. Loung Ung pulled me right back into her second book of this series. She takes you on a journey to America where, for her, everything is foreign and she is learning to adjust to a new language, new people, new weather, and new surroundings. She is constantly reminded of her family and the war in Cambodia throughout her life in America. She tells about how she was able to quiet that anger, depression, and anxiety. One of my favorite parts of this book is that she would switch back and forth betwee [...]


    9. Finished last night.It was weird really that the whole book you get to meet the Loung who has moved to America and who is suffering from what happened to her inside but never shows how hunted she is by what happened in the war to others. So you'd think it is a build up to how she manages to heal, how she did it? But no all of a sudden we jump from that scared Loung to a woman who is at peace with her past and meets her family.Now I do know why it is not revealed because that is for her third boo [...]


    10. This book tugged at my heartstrings. And gave me a serious crush on the author. When I was in elementary school, a kid showed up on our playground who couldn't speak a word of English. I remember wanting to talk to him - to ask him where he was from, and to invite him to join our football games. The word got around that he was from Cambodia. I had no idea where that was, and even less of an idea what was going on there. I was completely unaware of what the kid on the playground had been through. [...]


    11. After traveling to Thailand I read the book, First They Killed My Father. Seeing the poverty and the slow-paced life there, I was interested in the culture and history of these Asian countries. Lucky Child, follows the story of Loung as she moves to the United States with her brother and sister-in-law. Language and culture barriers and nightmares make the adjustment difficult. Loung also shares the story of her sister Chou who stays behind in Cambodia. Another inspiring memoir of resiliance.


    12. This book quickly became a favorite for me. I first discovered First They Killed My Father in the school library. The cover attracted me, I picked it up, started to read, and fell in love with the story. Finding Lucky Child, the sequal to the book, was just another piece of literature to treasure. Watching as Loung Ung faces her troubling past while growing up as a seemingly normal girl in America is amazing.


    13. I met the author at a teacher's conference years ago. My copy of First They Killed My Father is autographed. This sequel had gut-wrenching moments, too, but ultimately has a happy ending. Each chapter alternates between the life of Loung, who came to America as a refugee, and her sister Chou, who stayed behind in Cambodia.


    14. This is the sequel to "First they killed my father." I strongly recommend both of these books. They are gut wrenching, but true stories of a time period that many people know nothing about.


    15. Earlier this year while in Cambodia I read Loung Ung's first memoir, First They Killed My Father, which has been made into a Netflix film by Angeline Jolie and I realized that Ung has written two subsequent memoirs about her life. The second volume is called Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind (2005). I also learned that she attended Saint Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont where she was raised once she moved to America. I had the opportunity to vis [...]


    16. 5/5 wonderful stars!Okay, I honestly don't know which part should I start on reviewing this heart-wrenching autobiography first. But I can say that this book makes me so proudly sad, which leads me to tears for so many times.So let me start with the story plot. I can say that I am a badass reader by reading the second book before the first one of this book series. But let's not care about that. I can say that Loung Ung has the capability to portray this relatable autobiography for all readers ar [...]


    17. I don't even know what I can say about this to do it justice. I'm just two years older than Loung. I grew up in a small Midwestern town while she was suffering through genocide in her country. I made the awkward journey through my teenage years while she came to America as a refugee and, on top of having to adjust to a completely new culture, she had to struggle to mentally survive the loss of her parents and siblings and her childhood with memories of death and starvation and murder.Eventually [...]


    18. I read this book after my trip to Cambodia. Beyond the horrors lived by people during Pol Pot's regime, what struck me was how unaware I was on the lingering effects on a country that had both land and people so deeply ravaged. How does one society mend itself? How do you overcome the fear, the lack of trust, the trauma, the nighmares and the longing for those that are gone? Some pray, others meditate, some choose to never speak about it again and pretend it didn't happpen. Loung Ung chooses to [...]


    19. When Loung Ung ended her first memoir, she was ten years old and had just been relocated to Vermont with her oldest brother, Meng, and his wife Eang. This book goes on from there to tell of her experiences as a young Cambodian refugee girl growing up in the U.S. It's not easy to be a refugee - while she has left the war, the Khmer Rouge, and fighting, it has not left her. She also has to deal with having left two brothers and her sister, Chou, behind. Loung Ung took a very honest look at her lif [...]


    20. I was just as absorbed by this book as I was by its prequel, First They Killed My Father. It is a fascinating story about what it's like to come to America, not just as an immigrant, but as a refugee with a lifetime of trauma and emotional wounds. Every page was interesting. If you haven't read the prequel, you won't be able to fully grasp why Loung has the nightmares she does or the compelling desire to fight. But if you can't stomach the horrifying details of the first book, you could read thi [...]


    21. Aunque sigue siendo una gran fuente de información acerca de la vida en Cambodia, no tiene el mismo sentimiento ni la misma intensidad que el primer libro. Cronológicamente trata de abarcar muchos años, y la vida de todos sus hermanos, por lo que pierde la intensidad y sentimentalismo que tiene el primero.Sin embargo, tiene gran información acerca de como puede vivir la vida una persona de una cultura totalmente diferente en otro país. Como continúa la vida en Cambodia después de los kher [...]


    22. This is the 2nd book in the autobiographical trilogy written by a Cambodian/Chinese woman who survived four years under the Khmer Rouge as a young child (in fact, she became a child soldier). The first book, First They Killed My Father, was made into a movie directed by Angelina Jolie. Whereas the first book covered her early years in Cambodia, this 2nd book describes her early life in the US where she moved when she was 10.


    23. Loung's story is one of the most important ones I have read. I cry like a baby through every single pages of her books. In Lucky Child, I came to understand more about immigrant refugees, their unending post-war pains, and their burning desire to be reunited with family. Thank you again for sharing your story with the world.


    24. I really liked this book too but I wish it had more about how she had resolved her ptsd. it was really well done though just as the first and I look forward to reading the third. she did an especially good job of relating her sister's life in Cambodia and sharing the successes of her family that remains there.


    25. Heart warming story about a terrible historyA sequel to first they killed my father. Reading the horrors of the first book, it is only natural to want to see what happens to the Unger family


    26. A must read if visiting Cambodia, a true first hand account of what one little girl went through,makes it all very real.





    27. Towards the ending of the first book "First They Killed My Father", we leave the little girl of 9 on her way to Vermont, USA with her eldest brother Meng and his wife. The final chapter of the book fast forwards 15 years to the day the grown up author reunites with the rest of her family in Cambodia.This second book is about what happens in the 15 years in-between.The author says in her website, loungung/booksp 1C In First [they killed my father], I told stories of how my family and I survived t [...]


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