May 4th Center Explores Kent State's Cambodia Connection in This Year's Remembrance
WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that a survivor of one Cambodia’s most notorious prisons will share his remarkable story tonight.
It was America’s incursion into Cambodia in 1970 that sparked protests at Kent State which led to the National Guard's killing of four students and the wounding of nine.
As part of this year’s remembrance, the May 4th Center is hosting three days of discussions on “Cambodia After Kent State.”
Speaking through a translator, Mey credits his faith in Buddha and his thoughts of family for carrying him through.
“The spirit of my ancestor and my mother who have done good deeds and who have looked after me and I have never forgot the good things they have done for me. That’s how I survived.”
Chum Mey is author of the memoir Survivor.
Mindy Farmer is director of the May 4th Center.
She says the discussion this week digs deeper into America’s involvement in Indochina.
“If we want to look at the history of Cambodia and the United States, it really intersects at Kent State. There’s no other place where the two countries’ histories come together in such a powerful way, so it makes sense for us to explore this connection.”
Events tonight through Thursday include the experiences of two survivors of Cambodia’s infamous ‘killing fields’, and a film exploring Cambodian pop culture in the ‘60’s.