The Great, Great Loss

The whole nation (Cambodia) is in shock and in the mourning period of the unbelievable of the numerous and enormous loss of a significant and iconic man, a father of Khmer Independent and Unity.

Hereby, I would like to express and offer my sadness and heartfelt condolence to His Majesty King Father, Norodom SIHANOUK, who just departed this life last night at Beijing Hospital.

May His Majesty’s spirit rest in peace/heaven and we thank you for your services devoted to this nation.

At exactly at 6 am, I woke up with a crazy phone call from Phnom PENH, telling me I have a great loss. My wholehearted regret is with the royal families and those who are fans of HMKF.

HMKF, I adore you and you remain one of my ongoing superheroes and my role models. I wish to be attending the service and pay my respect…


Attention Mr. President, Barack Obama

Kosal Khiev, Spoken Word Artist

Kosal Khiev, Spoken Word Artist

Dear Mr. Obama:
My name is Kosal Khiev and I would very much like to tell you my story. I am not sure how to go about this, but I might as well start from the beginning. I was born in a refugee camp by the border of Thailand in 1980. My family was fleeing our war torn country and there I was born. In 1981 we came into the United States of America and I was raised in E. Bishop Street in Santa Ana, California in a low income housing projects. There were 9 of us in this small 2 bedroom apartment. It was run down and the neighborhood was very impoverished. So at a young age I was exposed to the seediness of life. Still my family did the best they could. But still traumatized from the horrors of war that had claimed over 1.7 million lives, they did not know how deal with a child that knew nothing of that period. In my eyes I was an American who was very expressive and curious and open but my family was very closed off emotionally to give me the love and attention that I needed. I do not blame them now; although growing up I did hold a lot of resentment towards them.

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