This blog documents our experiences as four Rutgers-Newark student delegates to Cambodia. Our group consists of three undergraduate students, Gassia Assadourian, Yannek Smith, Raphael Smith, and graduate student Douglas Irvin. We come as student associates of the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights (CGCHR).
During our time in Cambodia we are interning at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). We seek to learn more about Khmer culture, assist DC-Cam with its educational initiatives, and gain a deeper understanding of the country’s history, particularly the Khmer Rouge period (1975-1979) and the Cambodian genocide.
More on our DC-Cam projects.
Cambodia is a country that has suffered much from French colonialism, ongoing wars, and the reign of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime (see historians Ben Kiernan and David Chandler; and anthropologists Alex Hinton and Judy Ledgerwood). These tragic events left the country devastated on many levels. It is a really unfortunate fact that Cambodia is so often associated with darkness and violence, however. So, during our time here, we are coming to see the brighter side.