The Journey Was Full of Stops
We start out from Ah Mah's house quite late. About 11am. Wanna meet up with
Isaac. Looking forward to play with him
Mamarazzi was looking for Paung. Long t...
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Sunday, October 9, 2011
Golden Bones by Sichan Siv
Bought this quite some time ago. Only got around to read it last week.
This is the real story of a Cambodian boy who made it to America and to the White House. It's an amazing journey.
Sichan Siv was the youngest son of a Police Chief and have love to learn since young. He continued his studies even though after his father passed away and the family was not financially well off.
He came to be an employee of U.S relief agency. But Pol Pot overthrew the government his life was in danger along with his family members. It's known that the Khmer Rouge hates educated people and would execute them in a blink of an eye.
His dear mother and sister had told him to run and never to give up hope. He cycled across Cambodia hoping to go to Thailand. He survived due to his fast thinking. But the he was captured and put into a slave labour camp. He was ready to give up hope when he remembered what his mother had told him "never give up hope".
He reached Thailand in the end but not without some horrifying experience. He was selected to be sent to America.
He reached America, he felt homesick and worried about his family back home. And yet he did not let this deter him from starting a new life there. He worked as an apple picker, a cab driver and burger flipper but he never give up hope. He improved himself and was offered a job in the White House. He was US Ambassador to the U.N.
This is a very impressive biography if I do say so. Not many could have done what he had done.
The book was quite detailed. However, there are some places where it's a bit dry. This can't be helped as he was trying to give the readers a complete background on the political situation in order for them to understand what he was trying to say.