Nate from Lowell, MA. 7:07, Released July 2016. "About the importance of archiving memory through the lens of a record collector who preserved Cambodian popular music history."
In Cambodia, popular music has yet to be recognized as a part of cultural heritage. There are no institutions that preserve, archive, and research lost and hidden popular music.
An entire generation of musicians died along with an estimate 2 million people in the genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979.
Nate Hun born in Lowell, MA began collecting and preserving prewar Cambodian popular music in his childhood, becoming an expert on Cambodian rock as a collector of records, tapes, and other memorabilia.
This short film is about Nate who is at the heart of preservation of Cambodian popular music.
Film by LinDa Saphan
Cinematography by John Pirozzi
Edited by Edmund Carson
Starring: Nate Hun and Samoeun Hun
INTERLACE: THREE ARTISTS IN THE CAMBODIAN DIASPORA
"Almost 40 years after the Khmer Rouge regime devastated Cambodian cultural production, artists are uncovering their own growth that formed out of the bloodshed. The genocide, which affected how Cambodians articulate their culture, perpetuated a mass exodus of over one million people who scattered across the globe to the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. Caught between identifying their sense of belonging in two (or more) different countries, Cambodian refugees that fled the genocide have experienced various moments of displacement, abandonment and cultural hybridity. InCube Arts Space’s “INTERLACE,” curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, features three artists who weave into their work their personal life stories of growing up outside their homeland, as well as the challenges they faced while assimilating within a society that either ignored or misconstrued their native culture. Feeling stateless after fleeing their homeland, these artists have articulated and defined their own space through their artwork. They create their own metaphorical maps, illuminated with new shapes and border demarcations, through mixed media and performance art that reference childhood memories and practices that have remained throughout their upbringing abroad."
June 10 – 30, 2016
Curated by Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani
Artists｜Anida Yoeu Ali, Amy Lee Sanford, LinDa Saphan
Performance｜Friday, June 10, 6pm, Single Break Pot: West 52nd Street, by Amy Lee Sanford.
Opening Reception｜Friday, June 10, 7 – 9 pm
InCube Gallery: 314 west 52nd Street, #1, New York, NY 10019, USA
INTERLACE: Three Artists in the Cambodian Diaspora tackles the contemporary relationship with memories and the recollection of small narratives beyond mainstream histories. At the same time, stemming from the artists’ local awareness and global perspectives, the exhibition looks at universal concerns that are able to invest a broader audience with a participatory role in experiencing and responding to the works by ultimately dwelling on their own migratory experience.
May 31 to June 5, 2016
Dr. LinDa Saphan conducted a social science research, in collaboration with Dr. Berger from the Psychology Department to interview older Khmer Rouge survivors living in Lowell, Massachusetts, to document their memories of Cambodian music prior to the Cambodian Civil War (1970–1975) and study how those memories are transmitted and how they cement social bonds through shared cultural identity.
PenhSamnang Kang, our research assistant was key in interviewing the Cambodian elders in Lowell. We conducted a total of 32 interviews in less than a week.
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. http://www.kent.edu/may4/events
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.
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!
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll is among the competitors for the 2015 Academy Award documentary film section.
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.
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.