Before my father’s mental health begins to deteriorate, I decided to ask him about our pasts. I turned his collections of memories into The Immortal Seeds: Life goes on for a Khmer Family. It’s a tribute to my family’s ancestry and reflection on how we survived the tragedy that befell Cambodia.
I wrote this book, because I wanted to know why Khmer people were killing each other so acrimoniously. Secondly, this book is a testament to my parents’ heroism, especially my father who suffers from post-war stress disorder. If I can help to inspire my parents and others who sacrificed so much to find peace, freedom, and opportunity for their children to live in a better world than they did, then I am satisfied as a daughter. Lastly, I would like to contribute to the history of the killing field by telling it from the perspective of a Khmer peasant family.