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Cambodian and Vietnamese Highlanders Conference, Feb 3-4 2018

The Cambodian and Vietnamese highlanders lived self-sufficiently in the forests before their way of life was challenged by the French colonial administration, the new Cambodian nation state, the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge régime, and globalism.

Panels will discuss their unwritten language, ancient history, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War, and their relocation to North Carolina.

Participants will include:

Sylvain Vogel, Royal University of Phnom Penh (retired)

Ladan Rahlan, Jarai refugee who relocated to North Carolina in 2005

Larry Crile, former Green Beret and author of Bunard: Diary of a Green Beret

Y-Duen Buondap, former member of FULRO who relocated to North Carolina in 1992

Ron Copley, UNCW professor and former Green Beret

Peter Maguire, founder and chairman of Fainting Robin Foundation and author of Facing Death in Cambodia

Sara Colm, historian, human rights researcher, and author of Repression of Montagnards: Conflicts over Land and Religion in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.

Y Siu Hlong, executive director of the Montagnard Dega Association in Greensboro, N.C.

Sun Bujri, a Bunong refugee who resettled in North Carolina in 2002, she graduated from UNCW in 2017 with a BA degree in Psychology and International Studies.

Becky Butler, UNC Chapel Hill

Kevin Doyle, former editor of the Cambodia Daily

Scott Juall, Professor of French, UNCW

Cambodian HIghlanders Conference is presented by UNCW Department of History and the Fainting Robin Foundation 

Full details and schedule of events can be found here

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