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The End/Beginning: Cambodia

Film Screening and discussion with subject, narrator, and writer Sophal Ear

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
2250 Public Policy Bldg.
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Produced after a Singapore director watched Sophal Ear’s 2009 TED Talk about his family’s escape from the Khmer Rouge, and broadcast by Channel NewsAsia (MediaCorp) throughout Asia in 2011 and 2012, the documentary is based on the eulogy Sophal Ear read at his mother’s funeral—a letter he wrote to her grandchildren about what she did to make their lives possible. Written and narrated by Sophal Ear, the film won the 2012 New York Festivals Gold Medal for History and Society.

TED talk online at

Sophal Ear, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he teaches courses on political economy and post-conflict reconstruction. He is a TED Fellow (2009), Fulbright Specialist (Chulalongkorn University, 2010), Council on Foreign Relations Term Member (2011), Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2011), a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar (2012), and an Independent Trustee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation (2012). Dr. Ear also serves as Vice-Chair of Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, a non-profit that builds laboratory capacity in the developing world. He advises the Master of Development Studies Program at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and serves on the Boards of the Journal of International Relations and Development (Palgrave), the International Public Management Journal (Taylor & Francis) and Journal of South-East Asian American Education & Advancement (University of Texas). Aside from authoring Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2013), he is the co-author of The Hungry Dragon: How China’s Resources Quest is Reshaping the World (Routledge, 2013). Previously, he worked for the World Bank and the United Nations. A graduate of Princeton, and Berkeley, he moved to the United States from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): , Asian American Studies Department

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