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Jung Chang in Phnom Penh

The author of Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China was at the opening night of Kampot Writers’ & Readers’ Festival 2017. And, I am a huge fan of her book which inspired me as much as the First They Killed My Father author (Loung Ung) did. This month, I had the honor to meet them both in person and poured out my admiration for their work. I am indeed very interested to write a book. Years ago, I thought about it, but convinced myself to forget about it and believe that others had covered the type of story I wanted to do. Having exchanged emails with Bong Putsata Reang over the past few years, I have felt more encouragement than ever to pursue my interests. In this case, a book interest.

Jung Chang explained the reason why she started to write

Kampot Readers and Writers Festival (KRWF) presents a five day program of events bringing lively conversations, superb literary lunches, brilliant live performances, instructive workshops, collaborative art exhibits, incredible music, poetry, spoken word, delicious food and much more.

Over 5 hectic days and salubrious nights, rustic Kampot comes alive! And is a melting pot of bold ideas, incredible stories, and is a place to discover emerging talent alongside some of the world’s leading voices in a ‘down homey’ riverside celebration of words, art & song in the Kingdom of Wonder.

@ChineseHouse, Phnom Penh
Kak Chanthy of Cambodia Space Project (Band) performed some of her best songs there.
Ms. Sophiline and her husband representing Khmer Arts
Chanthy and her source of energy

 

Audience was intrigued
Keiko san and her husband, Colin
Ben of Chinese House

On a separate note, I was stoked to meet Loung Ung a couple of weeks ago in Cleveland, Ohio.

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