“Identifying as Khmer comes with identifying with its history, one that is tainted by the Khmer Rouge occupation and the genocide that followed. It was a period that affected many, yet it was rarely talked about. Survivors like my parents go on to live a better life, and I am here to tell their story. With this in mind, I was faced with contrasting emotions while I was traveling. I saw a bright, growing Cambodia that wanted to modernize, while I was attached to this idea of remembering the underlying history of death and despair.”
Memories of Past and Present by James Keth. 4 x 8’, Acrylic on Canvas. See more from “The Khmer, A Personal Journey: On being Cambodian American” in the Arts section of aislinmagazine.com, link in bio.