Cambodia After Kent State

April 28, 2016

Researcher LinDa Saphan and director John Pirozzi just visited the May 4th Center memorial at Kent State.On May 4th,1970 four unarmed students lives were brutally taken from them at an antiwar protest on the Kent State campus by Ohio National guardsmen. The students were protesting Nixon's decision to invade Cambodia thereby spreading America's war with Vietnam deeper into S.E. Asia. On that day Kent State's history became inextricably bound to Cambodia's tragic modern history. It's a very powerful exhibit that details the horrific events that occurred here on that fateful day. Not only were the students within their 1st amendment rights to assembly and free speech but history has proven them right that Nixon's expansion of the war into Cambodia would only end in disaster. Tonight's screening of Don't Think I've Forgotten is a very special one for them.

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1975: Panel Discussion

     Thursday February 11th, 2016

The UMASS Lowell Dept. of Art & Design is pleased to present a panel discussion with the artists from 1975, an exhibit of work by Cambodian American artists who engage with themes of war, memory, displacement and globalization. The panel discussion with Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sandford and LinDa Saphan will take place in the O'Leary Library room 222 from 3:30 - 4:45, followed by a reception for the artists in the University Gallery in Mahoney Hall. All of these events take place on the South Campus of UMASS Lowell. Please email the Gallery Coordinator, [email protected] for more information. 12640364_1667788493489182_5200427855095770153_opanel 1

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1975 is alive and kicking!

Jan 19-Feb 27, 2016

For its fourth incarnation, it's on view at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, University Gallery, Jan 19-Feb 27, 2016. Featuring Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Sanford, and LinDa Saphan. Thanks to Deborah Santoro for bringing the exhibition to Lowell, and Topaz Arts, LBCC Art Gallery and Wellesley College's Jewett Art Gallery for previous incarnations. All the artists will be in Lowell for a panel Feb 11!

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DTIF in competition at the Oscars For Best Documentary Feature

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll is among the competitors for the 2015 Academy Award documentary film section.

“Urban Narratives: Case Study of NYC Public Parks.”

May 22, 2015

Literature and Science, Writing-to-Learn Colloquium, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Urban sociology is concerned with the origin, development and evolution of cities as well as with the description and comparison of urban life and cultures. In this colloquium I presented a new method for teaching urban sociology. Student groups were assigned a neighborhood park and asked to research its history, culture, environment, demographics, recreation/leisure, arts/culture, and transportation, with a focus on urban design and contemporary use of urban space. They developed a profile of the park and practiced writing about a public space.

Every Record Tells a Story

April 23rd, at Christian Berst Art Brut, 95 Rivington Street, New York.

Original Album Covers on Display with artefacts from the documentary film Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll. Special Guest DJs playing rare Cambodian records.

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DTIF: Film Forum, Soundtrack Release and Concert

Please check out website to have detail schedule and info of when I will be doing a talk:

Podcast with the International Center for Transitional Justice is an international non-profit organization specializing in the field of transitional justice.

Also this coming thursday we are having our soundtrack release party: we will have DTIF wine sampling and album covers exhibited then!

Hope that some of you can make it.

We are also having a mini East Coast tour.

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Pursing Justice Through Art: 2015

A Multi-Cultural Genocide Exhibition and Symposium Exhibition: March 18 - April 25, 2015 Opening Reception: Saturday, March 21, 2 - 4PM Saturday, April 18, 1 - 4PM

The year 2015 is significant in genocide history. It is the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Jewish Holocaust, and the 40th Anniversary of the Cambodian Genocide.


Artists featured in the art exhibition are well-known painters, sculptors, textile artists, and collectors specializing in this genre. They include: Mohammed Ali and Al Asadi, Gagik Aroutiunian, Bayda Asbridge, John Avakian, Ani Babaian, Stephen Clements, Ellen Davison, Adrienne Der Marderosian, Dave Drinon, Charlotte Eckler, Amy Fagin, Fanardjian (loaned by Stephen Dulgarian), Lynne Foy, Gillian Frazier, Charles Gallagher, Mary Hart, James Higgins, Raymond Howell (loaned by Eve Soroken), JoAnn Janjigian, Andrew Ellis Johnson, David Jones, Lucine Kasbarian, Mico Kaufman, Chantha Khem, Puthearith Kret, Sandra Lauterbach, Markus Lewis, Adam Mastoon,Talin Megherian, Crissie Murphy, Ruth Naylor, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, Judith Peck, Dany Pen, Sandra Presley, Bill Reedy, Hope Ricciardi, Jennifer Rocco Stone, Alain Rogier, LinDa Saphan, Susanne Slavick, Jessica Sperandio, Rose Sielian Theriault, Nora Tang, Sopheap Theam and New England Quilt Museum's Community Quilters, Rita Thompson, Robert Thurlow, Holly Tomlinson, Carol Vinick, Denise Warren.

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Cambodian American Musical Experience Presentation

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Cambodia experienced a flourishing musical heyday in the 1960s and 70s, with eclectic musical influences from all over the world. The popular singers of the time incorporated musical genres such as bossa nova, jazz, rock, and later punk rock with traditional Khmer musical styles and dances. Because of their Western influence many of these performers became the target of the Khmer Rouge regime. Yet appropriation of influences from other countries was seen nonjudgmentally by performers and audiences and celebrated as a manifestation of Cambodian creative talent. Many now question contemporary Cambodian and particularly Cambodian American musical appropriation from American Hip Hop culture and pop music. The last five years have seen the rise of many Cambodian American artists. The “1.5 generation” (those arriving on American soil as children) and the second generation are now voicing the Cambodian experience through their music, addressing community, family, the Khmer Rouge era, the urban poverty struggle, the struggles of being Asian in America,. This paper analyzes these themes expressed by musicians at the first Cambodian American Music Festival held in August 2014 in Los Angeles. The paper will examine the common forces that drive these artists: collaboration, a positive outlook, a strong music community bond, and the need to distinguish themselves from the Asian label to create a specifically Cambodian voice.

'1975' at Wellesley College February 26

Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College presents 1975, a group exhibition curated by Chương-Đài Võ, featuring works by Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford and LinDa Saphan.

This exhibition brings together three diasporic Cambodian artists whose works engage with war, memory, displacement and globalization. Anida Yoeu Ali’s silk screen prints and video installation recall life in a refugee camp following the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Amy Lee Sanford’s video and photographs share with viewers the process of uncovering a difficult history, the turmoil of the late 1960s and 1970s, as told in letters written by a father she never knew. LinDa Saphan’s drawings of apartment buildings and architectural monuments in current-day Phnom Penh hint at the costs of urban development and global capitalism.10636360_10153075148862079_4041512454150755823_o (1)