Baylor University Institute for Oral History

Albert Cheng

Baylor University Institute for Oral History
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0:34 - Family life in Cambodia 2:02 - Father's occupation in Phnom Penh

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Keywords: French Occupation, Railway from Phnom Penh to Thailand


Hyperlink: French Protectorate of Cambodia
2:53 - Childhood memories

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Subjects: Hunting, Rice Farming, Trip to the capital (Phnom Penh)


Hyperlink: Rail transport in Cambodia
7:42 - Military school 9:00 - Beginning of Cambodian Civil War 10:19 - College

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Subjects: National Road Khmer Rouge Airplane Mother Education Exams Bombings


Hyperlink: Khmer Rouge Description
12:24 - First flight on an airplane

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Subjects: Palm Trees, Military, Languages

13:24 - Arriving in Phnom Penh 16:31 - Conditions in Phnom Penh worsen 17:01 - Peaceful times in the past 17:52 - Life as the war increases 18:55 - 1975: Khmer Rouge takes Phnom Penh

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Subjects: Fleeting feeling of hope, The Killing Fields, AK-4, Family


Hyperlink: The Killing Fields movie description
20:27 - Chaos in Phnom Penh & Evacuation

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Subjects: Mass killings, Losing family, National Road Number 5


Hyperlink: Khmer Rouge Interviews to get rid of educated people
26:38 - Speaking French & Cambodian Dialects 27:28 - Khmer Rouge targets

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Subjects: Marks of educated citizens, Fear, Communists, Old Society


Hyperlink: Victims of the Khmer Rouge
28:49 - Week-long evacuation from Phnom Penh 29:58 - Escape from Khmer Rouge

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Subjects: Family, Jungle, Stars, Minefields

32:39 - Travelling alone through the jungle 33:46 - Avoiding capture by the Khmer Rouge 34:53 - Capture by the Khmer Rouge 36:02 - Transfer to Work Camp 36:49 - Life in the Work Camp

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Keywords: "Hell on Earth."

Subjects: Starvation, Beatings, Rice fields, Human mutilation


Hyperlink: Cambodian work camp
38:14 - Labor

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Subjects: water tunnel, chopping trees, growing corn, fishing, Communism


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39:18 - "Angkar" Doctrine 40:59 - Khmer Rouge Propaganda

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Subjects: meetings, AK-47, interrogation, Angkar theory, fear


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42:47 - Relations with other inmates 43:45 - North Vietnamese Invasion

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Subjects: Invasion of the North Vietnamese, 1975-1977, executing, spying, killing, malnutrition


Hyperlink: Cambodian-Vietnamese War
45:48 - Escape 46:43 - Difficulty continuing on

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Keywords: "Life is no more."

Subjects: exhaustion, pain, suffering,

47:53 - Escape with a group 49:45 - Injuries in the Camp 53:32 - Surviving in the jungle 55:55 - Spiritual Development 57:56 - Surviving with a group

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Subjects: border, freedom, monkeys, landmines

60:54 - Avoiding Khmer Rouge 61:49 - Approaching the border with Thailand 63:29 - Approaching Refugee Camp 66:46 - Arriving at refugee camp 71:11 - Forgetting 72:30 - Flashbacks 73:27 - Loneliness and Isolation 74:45 - Sponsored travel to the U.S.

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Subjects: France, New Zealand, Australia, 1980, California, Houston, Dallas

79:19 - Communication with Cambodia 80:52 - Return to Cambodia 81:56 - Cheng family name 83:33 - Reunion with brother 86:04 - Helping in Cambodia 86:47 - Finding older sister 87:20 - Faith 91:29 - Legacy 93:46 - Scarf 95:24 - Moving images 99:20 - Amazing Grace Vision and Song 102:17 - Voice for the voiceless