If you've been following our work here in Cambodia, you know that Daniel has been working with Cambodian-Americans who went to the US as refugees (usually as children, or even born outside of Cambodia in refugee camps along the Thai border) and were later deported back to Cambodia.
For these returnees who were raised American, the challenge of integrating into Cambodian life is enormous & their struggle is very dear to our hearts.
The Phnom-Penh based group, Studio Revolt, created this powerful video called "My Asian Americana" to highlight the injustice & invisibility surrounding this issue. The video is a compilation of Cambodian American returnees recalling their favorite memories of life in America, from the streets of Cambodia & I promise you can't watch it without being moved by their struggle.
The video has been selected by the White House for the top-ten submissions to the "Tell Your Story Contest" contest and if they win, the creators will have the chance to go to the White House to speak about the issue of deporting refugees & perhaps, real change can occur in our policies.
We live in all we seek. The hidden shows up in too-plain sight.. It lives captive on the face of the obvious - the people, events, & things of the day...What a hideout: Holiness lies spread and borne over the surface of time & stuff like color.
-Annie Dillard, For The Time Being