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.

Be A Storyteller

Tell your story and help us document Cambodian history.

Be An Interviewer

Interview Cambodian elders and document their invaluable stories.

Be A Translator

Help translate the stories of the Cambodian elders.

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 present 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.

A Short Film

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logoThis project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit www.calhum.org.

1806512327-2The Stockton Cambodian Oral History Project is supported in part by a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission. For more information, visit www.stocktongov.com.