National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial

National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial The Museum and Memorial were established to preserve Cambodian culture, educate on genocide and human rights, and move beyond survival to healing.
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A place of Learning, Inspiration & Healing

A place of Learning, Inspiration & Healing

Mission: The mission of the Cambodian American Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial is to remember the lives that were lost during the Khmer Rouge through cultural preservation, community enrichment, and genocide education. The Museum and Memorial fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide. To promote and foster the continual process of healing, the Museum strives to recognize and support Cambodian and Cambodian American artisans, musicians, and organizers through collaborations, art and culture residencies, and workshops.

Operating as usual

Join us tomorrow night (Thursday, 11/19) at 7 pm CST for the Speaking Truths: Queer Asian American / Asian Diaspora Stor...
11/18/2020

Join us tomorrow night (Thursday, 11/19) at 7 pm CST for the Speaking Truths: Queer Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show!

I know this is still more than a month away. I want to put this here now so you can put it on your calendar.

Speaking Truths Series: Queer Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling will be taking place virtually on Thursday November 19. The show starts at 7 pm CST.

Sign up for Zoom link: http://bit.ly/AdaCheng1119

This project is in collaboration with Invisible 2 Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago, Trikone Chicago, and National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial.

We are excited to present the following tellers:
Liz Haas
Mira Kim
Sushmitha Ram
Siddharth Shah
Liz Anh Thomson

You don't want to miss these tellers. They have important stories to share and they bring fresh perspectives to the storytelling scene.

Speaking Truths Series, created, produced, and hosted by Ada Cheng, seeks to bring performance art to community spaces. This show is open to and inclusive of people of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences. We are committed to developing and cultivating new and emerging tellers.

See you soon.

11/16/2020

Last month, Cambodia experienced heavy rainfall as a result of multiple tropical storms which caused flooding in 19 provinces and killed 42 people. More than 161,500 houses were damaged, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and some 800,000 people in the country were affected by the floods.

The Cambodian Association of Illinois is raising money to provide direct assistance relief to flood victims. Please consider donating if you can.

We wanted to share with you this wonderful cultural event with our long-time community partner American Indian Center - ...
11/12/2020

We wanted to share with you this wonderful cultural event with our long-time community partner American Indian Center - Chicago.

Due to COVID-19, the event will be moved online and we hope that this makes it easier for everyone to attend! If you have time on Friday, November 20th then go check it out!

The 67th Annual Chicago Powwow will be moving to an online platform this year. Since we are unable to gather in person we still wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the Chicago Native community. We will be having dance competitions as well as premiering a short film highlighting Chicago Powwow.

We will begin posting more information on dance categories and hand drum competition as we get closer to the event.

We're very excited to celebrate virtually with you all!

Please check out this virtual event with our partner RenegadeAda Cheng Speaking Truths Series Home, Homeland, and Belong...
11/03/2020

Please check out this virtual event with our partner Renegade
Ada Cheng

Speaking Truths Series Home, Homeland, and Belonging will be
taking place Thursday, November 12 at 7pm.

What does having or not having a home and a sense of
belonging feel like? What is home to you? What does being home or at home mean?

We have six fabulous tellers: Fanny Y Lopez Benitez, Lisa
DeSantiago, Lariel Joy, Maya Marshall, Marty McConnell and Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry

You don't want to miss these storytellers. They have important
stories to tell about home, homeland, homelessness, and belonging.

Please sign up for Zoom link: http://bit.ly/AdaCheng1112

In collaboration with Guild Literary Complex and National
Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial

Speaking Truths Series: Queer Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling will be taking place virtually on Thursday No...
10/29/2020

Speaking Truths Series: Queer Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling will be taking place virtually on Thursday November 19. The show starts at 7 pm CST.

We are excited to present the following storytellers: Liz Haas, Mira Kim, Sushmitha Ram, Siddharth Shah, Liz Anh Thomson
Speaking Truths Series, created, produced, and hosted by Ada Cheng, seeks to bring performance art to community spaces.

This project is in collaboration with Invisible 2 Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago, Trikone Chicago, and National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial.

Sign up for Zoom link: http://bit.ly/AdaCheng1119

From Renegade Ada ChengI know this is still more than a month away. I want to put this here now so you can put it on you...
10/18/2020

From Renegade Ada Cheng

I know this is still more than a month away. I want to put this here now so you can put it on your calendar.
Speaking Truths Series: Queer Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling will be taking place virtually on Thursday November 19. The show starts at 7 pm CST.
Sign up for Zoom link: http://bit.ly/AdaCheng1119
This project is in collaboration with Invisible 2 Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago, Trikone Chicago, and National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial.
We are excited to present the following tellers:
Liz Haas
Mira Kim
Sushmitha Ram
Siddharth Shah
Liz Anh Thomson
You don't want to miss these tellers. They have important stories to share and they bring fresh perspectives to the storytelling scene.
Speaking Truths Series, created, produced, and hosted by Ada Cheng, seeks to bring performance art to community spaces. This show is open to and inclusive of people of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences. We are committed to developing and cultivating new and emerging tellers.
See you soon.

I know this is still more than a month away. I want to put this here now so you can put it on your calendar.

Speaking Truths Series: Queer Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling will be taking place virtually on Thursday November 19. The show starts at 7 pm CST.

Sign up for Zoom link: http://bit.ly/AdaCheng1119

This project is in collaboration with Invisible 2 Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago, Trikone Chicago, and National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial.

We are excited to present the following tellers:
Liz Haas
Mira Kim
Sushmitha Ram
Siddharth Shah
Liz Anh Thomson

You don't want to miss these tellers. They have important stories to share and they bring fresh perspectives to the storytelling scene.

Speaking Truths Series, created, produced, and hosted by Ada Cheng, seeks to bring performance art to community spaces. This show is open to and inclusive of people of all identities, backgrounds, and experiences. We are committed to developing and cultivating new and emerging tellers.

See you soon.

Please check out this virtual event with our partner Renegade Ada Cheng!
10/16/2020

Please check out this virtual event with our partner Renegade Ada Cheng!

Coming up in a month.

In collaboration with Guild Literary Complex and National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, Speaking Truths Series will return to the virtual space on Thursday November 12 at 7pm.

Please sign up for Zoom link: http://bit.ly/AdaCheng1112

The theme: Home, Homeland, and Belonging

What does having or not having a home and a sense of belonging feel like? What is home to you? What does being home or at home mean?

We have six fabulous tellers:
Fanny Y Lopez Benitez
Lisa DeSantiago
Lariel Joy
Maya Marshall
Marty McConnell
Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry

You don't want to miss these tellers. They have important stories to tell about home, homeland, homelessness, and belonging.

Join us for an evening of thoughtful and vulnerable storytelling. We build community through intimacy, vulnerability and reflexivity.
See you next month.

National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial's cover photo
08/12/2020

National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial's cover photo

Hi everyone,Even though our summer virtual series is over, we still have our Khmer made stickers and this poetry book th...
08/06/2020

Hi everyone,

Even though our summer virtual series is over, we still have our Khmer made stickers and this poetry book that you'll see right here below. It's a poetry book written by a monk, "The Venerable Ly Van. He had passed away in 2008 and on the day of his death, his poetry manuscripts were found and translated into English. His works covers his survival and struggle from the Khmer Rouge period. We still have copies of this hardcover book left as part of our donation drive for the museum. Check out the link below and order your copy before theyre gone

https://go.rallyup.com/cambodian/Campaign

Happy Asian American Census Day! Let's make sure everyone gets counted. Fill out the census at www.2020census.gov today....
07/31/2020

Happy Asian American Census Day!

Let's make sure everyone gets counted. Fill out the census at www.2020census.gov today.

#GetCounted
#AsiansCount
#CambodiansCount
#IAmAsian

Happy Asian American Census Day! Please fill out your census form today! #IAmAsian #AsiansCount

Wow!  Thank you to everyone who joined us for our last virtual event in our 3 part series of "The Story of Cambodia" tod...
07/26/2020

Wow! Thank you to everyone who joined us for our last virtual event in our 3 part series of "The Story of Cambodia" today. Even though the Cambodian Museum is currently closed to the public since the pandemic, we are happy to use that time to showcase the museum, and the beautiful efforts from our community members who have continued to uplift the Khmer American community through their art, music, dance, stories, and food. We are beyond amazed by the number of both Khmer and non-Khmer folks who have reached out to us and felt impacted by our events. This is what bridging our communities means to us---that there is no specific way to be Khmer no matter where you are in the diaspora. We define who we are on our own terms while creating legacies that we can pass down to our young folks.

Thank you to AJ Touch, Maison Wanderlust, and Samkhann Khoeun for contributing your works for our virtual donation drive.

Thank you to our guests, Ada Cheng, our storytelling partner, Tom Clowes of Crossing Borders Music, artist Narath Tan, performance artist Rady Nget, our 3 Cambodian chefs, Channy Laux, Maurice Yim, and Ethan Eang Lim for being a part of this memorable series.

Thank you to the staff (Executive Director Paul Chhorm, and Associate Director Kaoru Watanabe, Anneth Charm, Punisa Pov. Thank you to our board members including President Khemarey Khoeun, VP Thavary Krouch, Sok Theary Nak, Randy Kim, Saray Pen Cubacub, Lyk Le Yoeun, Saramani Wells, Roni Washington, Liz Calleja for making our virtual series happen.

Thank you to our current and new supporters for the museum. We appreciate your donation and for supporting our event and our museum space. We are very fortunate to have the backing of our community and cultural / neighboring allies.

Thank you once again for a memorable series. You'll be able to rewatch these events for your own viewing pleasure or to bring people here to learn about us and our community ! Visit us at www.cambodianmuseum.org

You can still collect your stickers and poetry book here:
https://go.rallyup.com/cambodian/Supporters

07/26/2020
The Story of Cambodia | Part 3 | Food, Ritual & Memories

We're excited for you to join this online conversation with acclaimed Cambodian-American chefs (Maurice Yim, Channy Laux and Ethan Lim) and board members (Saray Cubacub, Sorenny Washington and Randy Kim) as they discuss the role of food in their personal and career journeys.

They will dive into their favorite Cambodian comfort foods and explore the ways these dishes connect them to their cultural roots and identity.

These talented chefs, while bringing attention to Cambodian cuisine and introducing Cambodian flavors to American palates, are also passing on culinary traditions to younger generations of Cambodian-Americans who long to connect with their heritage.

Many profuse thanks to Freedom Inc for being a generous supporter of the museum and during our virtual summer series.  P...
07/26/2020

Many profuse thanks to Freedom Inc for being a generous supporter of the museum and during our virtual summer series. Please check out their important work. Visit them at https://freedom-inc.org/

Freedom, Inc. engages low-to no-income communities of color in Dane County, WI. Our mission is to achieve social justice through compiling direct services with leadership development and community organizing.
Our Community is our campaign. We are a Black and Southeast Asian Liberation, that supports gender and queer justice.

In the meantime, we have a few left of these stickers for our virtual donation.  Come grab them before they are gone Nat...
07/25/2020

In the meantime, we have a few left of these stickers for our virtual donation. Come grab them before they are gone National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial

https://go.rallyup.com/cambodian

Join us this Sunday at 11 am (US CST) for the last of our FREE summer virtual series The Story of Cambodia, Part 3 | Foo...
07/25/2020

Join us this Sunday at 11 am (US CST) for the last of our FREE summer virtual series The Story of Cambodia, Part 3 | Food, Ritual & Memories as we feature 3 Cambodian-American chefs in our conversation about community and legacy-building through food. Please register ahead for your reminder as we go live on FB and YouTube from National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial! Check out our two board members, Saray Cubacub and Lyk Yoeun who will join us for our virtual event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-story-of-cambodia-part-3-food-ritual-memories-tickets-113223225716

SARAY CUBACUB:

Saray is a first-generation immigrant, born in a Thai refugee camp, raised in America. Coming to the United States at the age of two, and being the eldest of four siblings, she quickly learned her responsibility to help her family adjust to life in a new country. Now a mom of 4, she strongly believes that education, knowledge and compassion is what's needed for all communities to move forward and grow.
Her background includes AAS in Accounting from Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, WI, BA in Management and Communications from Concordia University, Mequon, WI and MBA with an emphasis in Accounting from Morris Graduate School of Management, Chicago, IL. My previous non-profit experience includes four years as the Treasurer for KHK Foundation, Inc.
I am an avid runner and fitness person. I enjoy the outdoors, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

LYK YOEUN:

Leakhena Lyk Yoeun is a 2nd generation Cambodian American born and raised in Chicago. She recently came back to Chicago after spending 3 years living and teaching in Cambodia.
Lyk shares her Khmer-American stories through education, social justice, advocacy, civic engagement, and cultural preservation.
Moving forward, Lyk sees herself a self-free mobilizer, member-building and connecting all Cambodian generations through networking and interacting through community events and social media. It is one of the reasons why she joined the museum.
Lyk balances work and personal time by doing meditation, yoga, reading, creative writing, dancing, music, food, and traveling.

Hey everyone,Here's 2 of our board members that will be joining us for this Sunday's free virtual event. Please check ou...
07/23/2020

Hey everyone,

Here's 2 of our board members that will be joining us for this Sunday's free virtual event. Please check out Saramani Wells and Roni Washington who will join us in our anticipated conversation for @The Story of Cambodia, Part 3 | Food, Ritual & Memories . See their bios below:

Please register on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-story-of-cambodia-part-3-food-ritual-memories-tickets-113223225716

SARAMANI WELLS
Saramani Wells is a second generation Cambodian-American. She is from the Midwest but currently resides in Washington D.C. Her mother named her after the novel Saramani: Danseuse Cambodgienne, published in 1919 by French author Roland Meyer. In the story, a talented classical dancer falls in love with an outsider, causing controversy.

Saramani became involved in the Cambodian community when she moved to Chicago in 2010 and volunteered at the Cambodian Association of Illinois (CAI). She brings experience as a mentor, tutor and team lead with organizations such as Planned Parenthood, World Relief, and Chicago Scholars.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and Spanish from North Central College and a Master’s in Biotechnology with a specialization in Biodefense and Biosecurity from UMUC. Employed at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she supports survivors following presidential disaster declarations including events such as Hurricane Sandy in New York, the 2015 wildfires in California, and Hurricanes Maria and Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

SORENNY WASHINGTON

Sorenny is a 1.5 refugee that was born in Phnom Penh. She first moved to Montgomery, Alabama where her father was attending classes at Maxwell Airforce Base. While her father was in Alabama, he got word that the Khmer Rouge would invade the capital so he raised money to reunite his family with him in America.The first six years were spent in Alabama. Her family relocated to Oklahoma where she spent most of her childhood and young adult life in a very small Cambodian community. After graduating from college, she and her family moved to the Chicagoland area.

She found out about the Cambodian Association and although she lived in the suburb, she started volunteering and attending events. She has been intermittently active with them over the last 18 years.

Sorenny currently works at Maddock Douglas (Growth Strategy Consultancy Company) as a Project Manager. She graduated from the Oklahoma State University with a BS in Sociology. She has experience in many different industries, primarily as a Project Manager, in addition as an Implementation Manager and Coach. She has also worked with many different Non-for-Profit Organizations, volunteering, fundraising, compiling data, volunteer management, and has helped grow different grass-roots organization. She is also currently on the Board of ICAH (Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health).

For fun, Sorenny likes to work out, write, read, mentor, and travel. She also likes to spend time with her kids and friends.

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2831 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL
60625

General information

Admission: Adults: $6.00 Students w ID/ Seniors: $4.00 Children 12-under: Free Group Fee: Same as Adults/Students/Senior fees x number of people in group. Individual Tours: Individual tours are given by the museum docent. (Individuals have the option to tour the museum and memorial at their own pace). Docents can be survivors and children of survivors and they may supplement the tour with their own experiences. Group Tours: Group tours must be made at least two weeks in advance. Group tours can add two additional options (with extra fees). All Prices include docent led tour. All admission fees and Gift Shop sales go to support CAHM & Memorial maintenance and Programs. - Food tasting option (extra fee). - Survivor led tour/speaker option (honorarium). - Groups of 10 or more people get 10% off. Please visit the museum website to find out more about our organization.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(773) 506-1280

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Our winter 2020 Cambodian classical and folk dance classes are here! Please contact us for more information.
"The Story of Ram" Tep Nimmit Dance Troupe will be collaborating for the story of Ramayana. Multi-headed creatures, talking animals, boastful demons, and other unforgettable characters spring to life! Set upon a backdrop of intricate and lively shadow puppetry (Wayang Kulit), this modern dance theatre reworks the ancient epic Ramayana: a classic tale that spans across cultures. Movement artists from India, Java, Bali, and Khmer cultures tell the story using the entire body. Hand gestures, complex footwork and facial expressions recreate heroes and demons alike.
Hope for the Silent Voices is so excited to team with the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial at it upcoming 3rd Annual Future of Hope Fundraiser: Chicago Come see some great music and performances arranged by the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial + learn about how Hope for the Silent Voices is combatting child exploitation & vulnerability. Get your tickets.
Very dear project to me and my family, is the story of my Father in law. Can't believe is here we have landed a great director and the production team is coming together nicely. If you can help via GOFUNDME
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Join us for an hour of cultural performances by our Culture and Healing Art students. Saturday February 16, 2019 2PM-3PM Free admission
Our feature documentary 'Surviving Bokator' is almost finished! Wanted to share with you a short clip on this film about cultural revival in the heart of Cambodia. www.survivingbokator.com
Thank you for the opportunity to come and learn more about the Museum and Memorial. អរគុណច្រើន! #SEASSI Khmer Language Class
I don't mean to sound harsh or offend, but genocides happened in so many places like Asia, Russia, Africa but are never remember like the "Holocaust"which is ridiculous and not by accident.