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.
A place of Learning, Inspiration & Healing
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In October 2004 The Cambodian Association of Illinois, established the Cambodian American Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial to preserve Cambodian culture, facilitate the general public’s understanding on genocide and human rights and to heal and bring Cambodian-Americans together to move beyond survival to self-sufficiency. The Killing Fields Memorial, which is the only memorial of its kind outside Cambodia, commemorates the 3.4 million people who died in the genocide during the Khmer Rouge regime. It provides a space and opportunity for survivors and the younger generations to come together and begin the dialogue on bridging generation gaps and healing. Finally, the museum is a place of celebration and the triumphs of survivors and the culture that was saved from near obliteration.

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.

05/29/2020

The 1st of 3 virtual fundraising events designed to support The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial.

You're invited to the kick-off event of the series. Join us in a virtual tour of The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial; meet-and-greet with staff and board members; a short video of The Freedom Walk; and an artist talk with Narath Tan who specializes in Cambodian mask-making.

#COVID19 has emphasized the existing inequities affecting our communities. We need better policies to help us through th...
05/28/2020

#COVID19 has emphasized the existing inequities affecting our communities. We need better policies to help us through the pandemic and beyond.
Join us on TONIGHT AT 6PM for Asian American Action Day and together we can #HealThroughCommunity! #AAADay20

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@hamdardhealth
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#COVID19 has emphasized the existing inequities affecting our communities. We need better policies to help us through the pandemic and beyond.
Join us on TONIGHT AT 6PM for Asian American Action Day and together we can #HealThroughCommunity! #AAADay20
AFIRE Chicago
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago
Cambodian Association of Illinois
Chinese American Service League
Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community- CBCAC
Hamdard Center for Health and Human Services
HANA Center
Indo-American Center
JASC - Japanese American Service Committee
Lao-American Organization of Elgin
Muslim Women Resource Center
Vietnamese Association of Illinois

05/27/2020
Resolute - AJ Touch - Artist

Thank you to everyone who has registered and donated to our first virtual fundraiser so far! This virtual fundraiser could not be possible without the support of our sponsors. We're proud to be partnering with the talented AJ Touch, also known as The Dream Virus who designed these very cool stickers of the Ramayana gods, goddesses and other mythic icons (Apsara, Macha, Rama, Hanuman and Sita).

Donations come with a gift of AJ Touch's stickers. Get them while supplies last! https://go.rallyup.com/cambodian

Learn more about this young and talented Cambodian-American artist in the video below!

Resolute Interviews are here too bring you insight on the creative mindset of artist. So you can see how other individuals are going throughout their life an...

ANNOUNCEMENT:STARTING TODAY:FOR THE 1ST 10 PEOPLE TO DONATE $10 OR MORE for our upcoming virtual museum fundraiser, you ...
05/25/2020

ANNOUNCEMENT:

STARTING TODAY:
FOR THE 1ST 10 PEOPLE TO DONATE $10 OR MORE for our upcoming virtual museum fundraiser, you can receive a free online movie pass to see the documentary film, "Surviving Bokator" which is a group of Khmer martial artists looking to revive an ancient martial arts tradition on a global stage. Once you make your donation on Rallyup below, you can email Randy Kim at [email protected] to get your code!

https://go.rallyup.com/cambodian

This Sunday, May 31, 2020

11 am - 12 pm (US Central Standard Time)

This is the 1st of 3 virtual fundraising events designed to support The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial.

You're invited to the kick-off event to the series. Join us in a virtual tour of The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial; meet-and-greet with staff and board members; a short video of The Freedom Walk; and an artist talk with Narath Tan who specializes in Cambodian mask-making.



Donations of $10 or more will receive gifts.

Please donate at https://go.rallyup.com/cambodian and receive gifts for donations of $10 or more.

Please register on Eventbrite to receive reminder email prior to virtual event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-story-of-cambodia-dance-music-story-a-virtual-fundraiser-series-tickets-105707146922

Stream the virtual fundraiser on Facebook Live through the Museum's page: https://www.facebook.com/cambodianmuseum

June TBD

Stay tuned for updates.

July TBD

Stay tuned for updates.

This fundraiser will help us sustain the museum operations and programs.

It’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.As part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Virtual Sho...
05/13/2020
BITTER MELONS | Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Virtual Showcase

It’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

As part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Virtual Showcase

Watch 4 short films
Featuring Cambodian American stories
At a critical time when Asian Americans are often not understood and our stories are rarely shown onscreen

It’s free and available online for a limited time only. Streaming ends tomorrow, May 14th at 7pm PT.

https://watch.eventive.org/laapffvirtual/play/5eaa0a9655b28d0037648404

When Sophia is tasked with delivering bitter melons to her estranged father, she grapples with her pain and must decide whether or not to confront her past.

New Music Online Class begin in May 2020Spring session of 10-week. Available for registration today!Contact Punisa to ar...
04/23/2020

New Music Online Class begin in May 2020
Spring session of 10-week. Available for registration today!
Contact Punisa to arrange online class schedule.

(S2, Ep 9) Don't forget to listen to the latest episode of The Banh Mi Chronicles Podcast featuring Punisa Pov, resident...
04/22/2020

(S2, Ep 9) Don't forget to listen to the latest episode of The Banh Mi Chronicles Podcast featuring Punisa Pov, resident artist and musician for the National Cambodian Heritage Museum. She shares her personal stories of growing up in Cambodia and challenges she faced during her mom's illness when she came to America several years ago. We talk about her passion for traditional Cambodian music and how she uses her music to heal elder survivors of the Khmer Rouge while also passing down the art to younger generations. Been very proud and honored to call her my friend for the past few years, and blessed to hear her perform.

Check it out now here or on other streaming services!

https://anchor.fm/banhmichronicles/episodes/Music-to-Keep-Me-Going-w-Punisa-Pov-eb26vj

04/19/2020
Artist Punisa Pov Interview

Our very own Cambodian artist and musician, Punisa Pov sits down with Randy Kim, board member for the museum, for The Banh Mi Chronicles podcast. Punisa was born and raised in Cambodia. She has been living in the US, first as a college student in Iowa, and currently working as a resident musician and artist for the National Cambodian Heritage Museum in Chicago. the past few years. Punisa has been singing and playing music nearly her entire life, devoting her craft to honor Cambodian traditional music which was nearly destroyed during the time of the Khmer Rouge. In this interview, she talks about her music, as well coming to terms with the loss of her mother, and the importance of how her art has helped to teach and heal both elder and younger Cambodian Americans.

Check out episode below or on any other streaming services!
https://anchor.fm/banhmichronicles/episodes/Music-to-Keep-Me-Going-w-Punisa-Pov-eb26vj

Bio:
Punisa Pov is a Cambodian musician, who is currently a full-time musician with the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial, where she teaches and performs. The Khmer Rouge executed 90% of artists, whom they specifically targeted to kill. Only a handful of master musicians survived the genocide. Punisa is one of the selective young musicians from Cambodia, who have been mentored by survived master musicians. She started learning the Pin Peat music and instruments at age of 12 in 2003 with the Cambodian Living Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Punisa has consistently performed Cambodian classical and traditional music in Cambodia and in the U.S. She has also collaborated with contemporary musicians from Cambodia as well as from Europe and the U.S. Her Cambodian classical and traditional music classes introduce the joy of music to local Cambodians of all ages as well as to non-Cambodians. Her performances to the museum visitors always brings a poignant moment to remember that the music she plays was almost abolished during the Cambodian genocide, thus to signify the unique role that Punisa plays in the Museum and Memorial.

04/17/2020

On this day in 1975, the millions of lives in Cambodia would forever change as the Khmer Rouge would take over Cambodia and start its short-lived 4 year terror that resulted in the estimated loss of 2 million+ lives.

45 years later, the trauma has never left those who survived. Trauma is lifelong. Healing is lifelong We continue to honor those who were lost, those who had survived and no longer with us, and those who are still here. Through the museum, we continue to hold space for our Cambodian community, to provide education and cultural awareness, to provide space for our community to learn and collectively heal together, and to document our history.

We will continue to remember the impact of the 45 year mark and aid in the lifelong healing process for our community.

Please be safe and well during the Covid19 crisis. Have a safe Khmer New Year's!

04/17/2020
Cambodian Association of Illinois

Cambodian Association of Illinois

CAI's Senior In-Home Service wants to share the video, "COVID-19 Precautions" with all of you. This is a bilingual version of our in-service training presentation for our home care aides.

Cambodian Association of Illinois
04/17/2020

Cambodian Association of Illinois

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4. This will lead to the page where you can fill out your street address.
5. If you live in a building with multiple units, please make sure you provide the unit number.
6. This will allow you to complete the form.

04/12/2020

As the museum remains closed due to the virus, Randy Kim, our board member, did an interview with Khemarey Khoeun, our board president, for his podcast The Banh Mi Chronicles and reflects on the 45 year mark of the Khmer Rouge Killing Field which is this week. Please listen and have a safe Khmer New Year's

(S2 Ep 8) In continuing the theme, “1975” for this 2nd season, Khemarey Khoeun joins me as my guest for this week's episode of The Banh Mi Chronicles podcast. Khemarey is a 1.5 generation Cambodian American from the Chicagoland area. Back in 2017, she became the first Cambodian American woman elected into public office, as part of the Skokie Park District board. Khem also serves as the board president for the National Cambodian Heritage Museum in the Chicago Lincoln Square neighborhood. In this interview, she talks about the difficulties in navigating through her Cambodian American identity growing up, her motivation to get involved in community and civic engagement, her recent lessons she’s learned from running and being an elected official, and what she hopes to impart to women of color and to her own children.

AVAILABLE ON ALL STREAMING CHANNELS (SPOTIFY / APPLE PODCAST / STITCHER) AND LINK BELOW:

[https://anchor.fm/banhmichronicles/episodes/Discovering-My-Voice-and-Its-Impact-w-Khemarey-Khoeun-eaqehl](https://anchor.fm/banhmichronicles/episodes/Discovering-My-Voice-and-Its-Impact-w-Khemarey-Khoeun-eaqehl)

Bio:

Khemarey received her BS in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. She formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Cambodian Association of Illinois and is currently President of the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial. In 2017, she became the first Cambodian American woman to be elected to any public office position in the U.S

Photos from National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial's post
03/21/2020

Photos from National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial's post

Cambodian Association of Illinois
03/04/2020

Cambodian Association of Illinois

Come to celebrate Cambodian New Year with us
on Saturday April 4th, 2020 at Furama Restaurant: 4936 N. Broadway Ave

Door opens at 6:00pm
More info: 773 878 7090

Every April 17, Cambodians around the world memorialize victims of the genocide in a Day of Remembrance. Illinois was th...
02/12/2020
Healing and Connecting Across Generations at the National Cambodian Heritage Museum

Every April 17, Cambodians around the world memorialize victims of the genocide in a Day of Remembrance. Illinois was the first state in the country to officially designate the day, thanks to CAI and the Museum. On the Day of Remembrance, they host a candlelight vigil at the Memorial and honor the dead with a moment of silence, then allow a space for survivors who want to share their stories to do so. We invite other communities who have shared similar experiences of trauma to join us, exchange that story, and be a supportive community to one another.

At Chicago's National Cambodian Heritage Museum, which is unique in the United States, exhibits and a memorial help honor victims of the Cambodian genocide and educate younger generations, while cultural classes help those generations connect across a traumatic divide.

Every April 17, Cambodians around the world memorialize victims of the genocide in a Day of Remembrance. Illinois was th...
02/12/2020
Healing and Connecting Across Generations at the National Cambodian Heritage Museum

Every April 17, Cambodians around the world memorialize victims of the genocide in a Day of Remembrance. Illinois was the first state in the country to officially designate the day, thanks to CAI and the Museum. On the Day of Remembrance, they host a candlelight vigil at the Memorial and honor the dead with a moment of silence, then allow a space for survivors who want to share their stories to do so. They invite other communities who have shared similar experiences of trauma to join them and “exchange that story and be a supportive community to one another,” Houy says.

At Chicago's National Cambodian Heritage Museum, which is unique in the United States, exhibits and a memorial help honor victims of the Cambodian genocide and educate younger generations, while cultural classes help those generations connect across a traumatic divide.

Khmer Language Class open for registrationWinter Class 2020 (adult class)10 weeks session: February 5th - April 8th Spri...
01/28/2020

Khmer Language Class open for registration
Winter Class 2020 (adult class)
10 weeks session: February 5th - April 8th

Spring Class 2020 (Adult class)
10 weeks session: May 6th-July 8th

Class every Wednesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Cambodian Classical and Folk dance class Class meets every Saturday and will start on January 4th, 2020! To register, pl...
12/11/2019

Cambodian Classical and Folk dance class
Class meets every Saturday and will start on January 4th, 2020! To register, please contact Anneth Houy.

Music class enrolment starting from now till December 13th, 2019. Class starts on December 14th, 2019. More info contact...
12/05/2019

Music class enrolment starting from now till December 13th, 2019. Class starts on December 14th, 2019.
More info contact: [email protected]

Good morning everyone!  Today is #GivingTuesday and we would like your help to continue our work. Your donation will go ...
12/03/2019
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Good morning everyone!

Today is #GivingTuesday and we would like your help to continue our work. Your donation will go a long way to help us provide for our youth programs, to support our resident musicians, to support staff who are creating space for our community and educating people everyday about our history and connecting it to current and past events. We appreciate your support in any form. No amount is ever small. Thank you for your support!

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12/02/2019
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Good morning everyone!

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday and we would like your help to continue our work. This past year, we have collaborated with organizations such as Crossing Borders Music , Victory Gardens for the Cambodian Rock Band play and with Dr Ada Cheng, our storytelling teacher, as well as our healing arts program that fosters our youth development and community engagement. We appreciate your support in any form. No amount is ever small. Thank you for your support!

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Address

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

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(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
Join us
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.