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HEAR THEIR STORIES

The city of Stockton has the distinction of having the fifth-largest population of Cambodians in the nation and the second-largest in California. Beginning in 1975, when Cambodia fell to the communist Khmer Rouge and as many as 2 million perished in the killing fields, Cambodian refugees began relocating here in larger numbers. Once here, they forged a close community of a rich and compelling people. The stories are horrifying and heartbreaking, but also full of heart and perseverance, a window into the human spirit that fights against even the most unspeakable evil, not just to go on, but to triumph.

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BE A STORYTELLER

Tell your story and help us document Cambodian history.

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BE AN INTERVIEWER

Interview Cambodian elders and document their invaluable stories.

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BE A TRANSLATOR

Help translate the stories of the Cambodian elders.

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BEYOND THE KILLING FIELDS

Our mission with this project is not just to highlight the sufferings of their past but to show the Khmer people’s remarkable strength, will and resilience – the affirmative, empowering, redemptive story of their history and their presence here.

A public domain oral history project, as well as a documentary, exhibit of artifacts and photos and a complete multimedia website, will help preserve these personal narratives and allow them to be used for further education and research.

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OUR SUPPORTERS

This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Stockton Cambodian Oral History Project is supported in part by a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission.

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