Landscape, Memory, and Post-Violence in Cambodia
Investigates Cambodian heritage sites in memorialization of war and mass violence or so called ‘the killing fields’ organized by the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979. Narrates situations leading to 2 million people dies from torture, execution, disease and famine. Reflects a legacy of this violent heritage that effects on Cambodians’ trauma of the post-violence, genocide education in schools, bombing field, social justice and reconciliation. Mentions political transition during that period, Democratic Kampuchea, and roles of some political leaders. Presents interviews from survivors, traumatic stories told from generation to generation in Cambodian society, memorial sites, constructions, and landscape relating to this mass violence, such as Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, mass grave pit at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, human skeleton remain in various memorial stupas. Concludes the aftermath, geopolitics and foreign relations, such as Vietnams invasion, relationship with Thailand, UN and United States’ intervention.