Thursday, September 09, 2010

Happy BD from Dr. Seang

September 2nd 2010

Dear Dan,

I miss your BD this year. I thought you could join us and Sakona this year, but the time was not worked out. However, it will always be next year to look forward to. You have always been very special to me and to my family. I always thinking of you and though I can’t be with you this special day I would like to send you a brief note to wish you a wonderful day and to remind you and myself how special you were and still are.

This year Sakara has given me everything I have asked for. She has made me so proud and I just can’t stop bragging about her. One of the things that she does that touches my heart very deeply is playing tro Khmer. It may not be that important to others but to me it is so very special. She is learning another new song this summer and as soon as she masters the song I will post it in youtube along with her other songs. This new song is harder and is going to take her a bit more times.

I would like to share one of her writings with you this past school year. She watched the “Don’t Forget the Khmer” by PBS right before the trip to Cambodia and she used it for her school essay. Her writing got nominated to be published but not quite enough to win. This is the introduction of her paper.


Sakara Seng
The Rhetoric and Politics of Satire
Lee Konstantinou
Researched Based Analysis Final
4 June 2010

Khmer-American
His voice sounded vaguely familiar. Distorted a little, but there was something about it. I listened to the voice-over harder, paying less attention to the PBS video footage and more to the narrator’s voice. His heavily accented English described the painful work day in the Khmer Rouge labor camps: “we begin work at four o’ five o’clock in the a.m. and we stop working at eleven and we begin to work afternoon from one o’clock p.m. to five o’ six p.m. and during the night we work also from seven p.m. to ten o’ sometime eleven pm,” the voice said in halting and hesitant English. Abruptly, the documentary video flipped from rare footage of the Cambodian agrarian camps to a familiar face – one I’ve seen a number of times in family photo albums.

Ba? Dad?
There he was. Talking to a journalist with an accent stronger than he has now, but unmistakably his. Ba’s face is younger – smoother skin, longer blacker hair. But same frown lines. It was surreal to see video footage of him, twenty something years old in the UNHCR refugee camp in Thailand, fresh out of three years and eight months in “one of the most barbaric social revolutions in history” (video). Ba’s interview finished and the PBS documentary continued sharing footage of the refugee camp and the status of the Khmer people. I watched especially close, to see if I could catch him in the background somewhere. He showed up five more times, in person and in voice-overs.

“All my family. I have twenty-four members. And all were dead because they didn’t have enough rice to eat,” he said.

“Most people feel very sad. Like me. I don’t know how is my future. How will I stay. Because in here, we cannot stay for many years.”

This dad I was watching didn’t know what the future held for him. He didn’t know that he would befriend an American doctor who would help him get into the John A. Burns medical school in Hawaii. He didn’t know he would graduate, and establish himself as a county family physician in Modesto, CA. Nor did he know his son would become an emergency medicine doctor or that his other son would attend the same medical school as he. He didn’t know his future daughter would be quoting the words he spoke to the journalist as a Khmer refugee in 1980 Thailand.


I highlight American doctor in green and I hope you know who that person is.

Thank you Daniel and have a very happy BD.


Seang

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Best Wishes And Greetings From Ravuth

Dear Father And Board Directors Of CWF-Kep

Mr. Pen Ravuth family
Kingdom Of Cambodia



Best Wishes And Greetings From My Family ,
For Dr. Daniel Susott ‘s Birthday Ceremony -2010

I would like to extend my warmest wishes and honorable greeting to Dr. Daniel Susott and I
am pleased to send smile, honest and with loves with my family ‘s picture to Father and
Blessing : Great Power , Ingenuity ,Fabulous Heath and the shadowing to us and the people
in the world for creating new knowledge of human .
My family would like to pray the angels who reign the New Year of 2010 and the powerful
deities of the world to protect Father during all of your missions in the present and in the
future.

May you be blessed with Good Health, Success in everything you do, along life.

Greeting From Ravuth

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Friday, December 25, 2009

tirtagangga water palace, East Bali

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Animation at Preah Vihear































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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

a banker from Palo Alto Eating TARANTULA

men aren't the only ones in Cambodia who enjoy a good TARANTULA from time to time.... lovely adventurous stranger on a bus, a banker from Palo Alto....

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Robbie enjoying a regional treat: fried TARANTULAS

Robbie enjoying a regional treat: fried TARANTULAS! thinking about importing them...

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Boat races t-shirts 2009

The globe/earth in the logo of the World Family Foundation has been replaced by the "Emerald Dolphin-Heart Star" in Honor of .... same! Aloha from Daniel in Bangkok. We survived. "herding cats" for 3 weeks... LOVELy cats! i call them "family".

t-shirts with a message! 1995

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the Boat Races/Water Festival 2009, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Robbie and Mardy both came back to Cambodia for the second time - a great time was had by all.

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Boat Races 2009 - Yikes! the clowns are back!


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Boat Races/Water Festival 1993 and 1995



Boat Races/Water Festival 1993 and 1995.... send in the Night Clown (Rarely Seen in Daylight - for Good Reason!)

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Friday, November 20, 2009

at Phnom Penh Chanthoeun Parents




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at Phnom Penh with Leap's Parents


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Daniel on top of the mountain at Preah Vihear

Us at Preah Vihear
on top of the mountain at Preah Vihear::charge of the Cambodian troops guarding Preah Vihear, he has formed a classical orchestra of young soldiers, having them make music instead of was. When he helped the American Amassador after an accident leaving the temples, they wanted to give him money but he asked for instruments instead. it added a lot to have the traditional music permeating the setting, perched on the cliffs.
Preah Vihear , the view of Cambodia from Above

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Daniel with Ronnie Yimsut at the launch of Bakong Technical College

Daniel with Ronnie Yimsut at the launch of Bakong Technical College
ronnie yimsut interviewed by Kam Sung at the BTC launch

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