When: Thu., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. 2018
For her second book, prolific journalist Katya Cengel followed three generations of four Cambodian-American families, starting with the grandparents who survived the brutal Khmer Rouge genocide that wiped out an estimated 20 percent of the Cambodian population. They fled to the United States but couldn’t escape their trauma, leaving their children vulnerable to gangs. Some in that second generation were deported back to Cambodia, leaving their children now growing up in the United States alone. While these themes of violence and loss in Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back are eternal, Cengel’s documentation of the poor treatment of Cambodian refugees feels particularly timely in today’s political climate. Cengel, who was born in Oakland and raised in Berkeley, returns to the East Bay to discuss Exiled at Pegasus Books Downtown.