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Bestselling Author Loung Ung to Speak
at UW-Eau Claire's Forum Series

RELEASED: March 13, 2006

Loung Ung
Loung Ung

EAU CLAIRE — Loung Ung, a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wednesday, March 29. Her Forum presentation, titled "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

In 1975, when Ung was five years old, her family was forced out of Phnom Penh as part of a mass evacuation. By 1978 her parents and two of her siblings had been killed in the course of one of the bloodiest episodes of the 20th century during which about two million Cambodians died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime. In 1980, she and her older brother escaped by boat to Thailand and were finally relocated to the United States through sponsorship by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Holy Family Church parish in Burlington, Vermont.

Her memoir, "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," is a national bestseller and received the 2001 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association award for excellence in adult nonfiction literature. The book has been published in 11 countries and translated into nine languages.

Ung's second book, "Lucky Child," was published by Harper Collins in 2005.

The subject of numerous television programs, including documentary film broadcasts on NHK in Japan and WDR in Germany, Ung has appeared on ABC News' "Nightline," CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, and C-SPAN.

"As I tell people about genocide, I get the opportunity to redeem myself," Ung says. "I've had the chance to do something that's worth my being alive."

Ung's lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception. The program will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. The University Bookstore will have a display of her books available for purchase and signing by the author following The Forum.

Tickets are $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $3 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and also will be sold at the door. The Service Center is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support to The Forum. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites Eau Claire (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for The Forum.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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