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

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Thank you NPR All Things Considered for the obituary and remembering a beloved member of the Chicago Cambodian community...
06/08/2021
Remembering Hak Phlong, A Survivor Of The Cambodian Genocide Who Died Of COVID-19

Thank you NPR All Things Considered for the obituary and remembering a beloved member of the Chicago Cambodian community who lost her life to COVID at the height of the winter surge. She will be remembered by many. She was the embodiment of a life hard-fought and lived to the fullest.

Hak Phlong was a survivor of the Cambodian genocide and a beloved member of Chicago's Cambodian American community. She died of COVID-19 in December 2020.

Exciting news for Illinois!
05/25/2021

Exciting news for Illinois!

The Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History Act just passed the Senate 57-0! Thank you Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and State Senator Ram Villivalam for your leadership!

Thank you to the many community leaders and members around the world who moved swiftly to respond to the initial VICE Gl...
05/25/2021

Thank you to the many community leaders and members around the world who moved swiftly to respond to the initial VICE Global Media story that attempted to colorise and rewrite the history of Tuol Sleng.

Please see the response as members of the Cambodian community created a dialogue with VICE to correct the situation.

Thank you to the many community leaders and members around the world who moved swiftly to respond to the initial VICE Global Media story that attempted to colorise and rewrite the history of Tuol Sleng.

Please see the response as members of the Cambodian community created a dialogue with VICE to correct the situation.

Join us for virtual Khmer music & singing in celebration of Khmer New Year! Date: Sunday 25th, April 2021 | 4PM Livestre...
04/19/2021

Join us for virtual Khmer music & singing in celebration of Khmer New Year!
Date: Sunday 25th, April 2021 | 4PM
Livestream on facebook.

Join us for virtual Khmer music & singing in celebration of Khmer New Year!
Date: Sunday 25th, April 2021 | 4PM
Livestream on facebook.

The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-CAM) executive director Youk Chhang, himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, sai...
04/12/2021
Photoshopping history: The true story behind the smirking man of Tuol Sleng

The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-CAM) executive director Youk Chhang, himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, said that this era remains within living memory for millions of Cambodians, emphasising the potential for this kind of revisionism to cause suffering to survivors.

“My heart was pounding when I was reading it [the Vice story], because I feel like it’s very cold blooded. You feel terrified, because it’s so close to you, it’s so real to you,” he told the Globe. “You rewrite history while it’s still contemporary, it’s still a living history with five million survivors around you. It’s very damaging. The Khmer Rouge is still a contemporary human rights issue.”

Dany Pen, a Khmer-Canadian who lost family members at Tuol Sleng, today a court advocate for victims of abuse and former Commissioner of Human Rights to Bermuda, had also rallied to have the Vice article pulled before it went offline.

“I strongly implore VICE to take down these photos that are promoting white supremacy, cultural appropriation, cultural erasure, and victim dismissal,” she told the Globe. She’s now started a petition demanding an apology be issued (Edit: Vice issued a statement on April 12).

An artist caused uproar this weekend after photoshopping smiles onto the faces of inmates photographed at Khmer Rouge prison camp Tuol Sleng.

The National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial said in a poignant statement that the artist used pho...
04/12/2021
Vice published altered photos showing Cambodian genocide victims smiling. It unleashed an uproar.

The National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial said in a poignant statement that the artist used photographs without the consent of family members who lost their loved ones in the prison.

“Minimizing the pain and trauma of our community from those who are not connected to the experience is not only revising and erasing history, it’s a violent act,” the statement said.

Vice Media group is facing fierce backlash after publishing photographs of victims of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime that were altered to show some of the victims smiling.

04/10/2021

We are made aware of the recent feature on VICE News on the S21 Tuol Sleng pictures that were recently colourized and re-digitize to add in “smiles” to the innocent Cambodian prisoners who were photographed by the Khmer Rouge. This was done without the consent of family members who lost loved ones in the prison, and with other Cambodian community organizations who are involved in this work. The Tuol Sleng / S21 prison camps imprisoned thousands of Cambodian civilians including children and elders who were subjected to torture, hunger, pain, and to their eventual violent deaths. In 1979, four years after the prison was opened at the start of the Khmer Rouge regime, only 7 prisoners survived out of the many thousands who were killed. As this April marks the celebration of the Khmer New Year, but also the 46 year mark of the Khmer Rouge takeover, it is an important reminder of the continual generational healing that takes place for our Cambodian community. We do not endorse those that seek to profit and benefit from the violent and lived traumas of our past and current history, nor endorse those that seek to do the same with our joy and celebration when it comes at the expense of our Cambodian community who have so much to contribute to our rich, layered, vast and evolving history and culture. Minimizing the pain and trauma of our community from those who are not connected to the experience is not only revising and erasing history, it’s a violent act. There is no celebration from these traumas. There is no amount of reparations and restorative justice that can bring those killed back to life. Our community has survivors, children and grandchildren who are the stewards of our Cambodian / Cambodian-American history. Our community is still processing these traumas. Our community is still healing. Our community is still telling their stories. Please listen to them, and most importantly, honor them.

03/17/2021

The Cambodian Museum and our community as part of the Asian-American communities are grieving in the loss of those lost in Atlanta. Those lives included Asian women in a racial hate crime attack that we have seen escalated since Covid-19.

It is in our hopes that we continue to amplify for the community's need to dismantle white supremacy, the anti-Asian racism, and all forms of xenophobia, racism, misogyny and all other forms of hatred.

We stand with those whose lives are lost and harmed. We support the collective need to seek justice and healing. We support the call to dismantle systemic racism in our society.

As the year is winding down, National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial is continuing to make the mu...
12/29/2020
National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial

As the year is winding down, National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial is continuing to make the museum accessible through virtual means, and an opportunity to continue the much-needed conversation on preserving and advancing our history to our community. Help us into 2021 with your donation and support. We look forward to continuing this journey with you.

https://go.rallyup.com/national-cambodian-heritage-museum-killing-fields-end-of-year-fundraiser-2020/Supporters

 

As 2020 closes, the museum has been closed off since mid March due to Covid-19 to in-person events.  Despite this, we ha...
12/23/2020
National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial

As 2020 closes, the museum has been closed off since mid March due to Covid-19 to in-person events. Despite this, we have sought newer ways to bring our programming to you virtually. We are asking you to help support us for our end of year fundraiser as we begin 2021, hoping that one day we can bring both in-person and virtual events and programs to you! Thank you for your constant support this year!

https://go.rallyup.com/national-cambodian-heritage-museum-killing-fields-end-of-year-fundraiser-2020/Campaign

 

Join us tomorrow for the Virtual TALK Stories: An Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling event for Wed 12/16, 7 pm...
12/15/2020

Join us tomorrow for the Virtual TALK Stories: An Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling event for Wed 12/16, 7 pm - 8:30 pm CST! Make sure to register! $5 for admission https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-stories-tickets-129370455515

Here's our lineup:
Music by Etzkorn Wong
Stories by: Rohan Anand
Isabel Garcia-Gonzales
Taneka Jennings
Grace Chan McKibben
Veronica Murashige
Sina Sam

Hosted by Ada Cheng and Randy Kim

This show is in collaboration with OCA Greater Chicago, National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, Japanese American Service Committee, and Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center

National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial's cover photo
12/14/2020

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

12/14/2020
Online Khmer Language Class Registration for Winter & Spring 2021 is now open. Contact anneth@cambodianmuseum.org to reg...
12/14/2020

Online Khmer Language Class Registration for Winter & Spring 2021 is now open.

Contact [email protected] to register today.

We got about a week left till our Virtual TALK Stories event for Wed 12/16, 7 pm CST!  Make sure to register!  $5 for ad...
12/08/2020

We got about a week left till our Virtual TALK Stories event for Wed 12/16, 7 pm CST! Make sure to register! $5 for admission

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-stories-tickets-129370455515

Hello everyone!

We are excited to participate in the upcoming Talk Stories: An Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show. It's a virtual event hosted by our partner Renegade Ada Cheng and our board member Randy Kim. We are excited to hear the voices from this new group of storytellers from the API community!

So please register on the Eventbrite link below. The show will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, December 16th at 7 pm - 8:30 pm US Central Standard Time. Show is $5

Here's our lineup:
Music by Etzkorn Wong
Stories by:
Rohan Anand
Isabel Garcia-Gonzales
Taneka Jennings
Grace Chan McKibben
Veronica Murashige
Sina Sam

This show is in collaboration with OCA Greater Chicago, National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, Japanese American Service Committee, and Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-stories-tickets-129370455515

Hello everyone!We are excited to participate in the upcoming Talk Stories: An Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelli...
11/29/2020

Hello everyone!

We are excited to participate in the upcoming Talk Stories: An Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show. It's a virtual event hosted by our partner Renegade Ada Cheng and our board member Randy Kim. We are excited to hear the voices from this new group of storytellers from the API community!

So please register on the Eventbrite link below. The show will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, December 16th at 7 pm - 8:30 pm US Central Standard Time. Show is $5

Here's our lineup:
Music by Etzkorn Wong
Stories by:
Rohan Anand
Isabel Garcia-Gonzales
Taneka Jennings
Grace Chan McKibben
Veronica Murashige
Sina Sam

This show is in collaboration with OCA Greater Chicago, National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, Japanese American Service Committee, and Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-stories-tickets-129370455515

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

Join us tomorrow night (Thursday, 11/19) at 7 pm CST for the Speaking Truths: Q***r 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: Q***r 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: F***y 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: Q***r Asian American / Asian Diaspora Storytelling will be taking place virtually on Thursday No...
10/29/2020

Speaking Truths Series: Q***r 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: Q***r 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: Q***r 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.

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2831 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL
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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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Thank you for all you do to support and celebrate our communities, National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial! 🙏🇰🇭🎉 https://www.searac.org/press-room/seaa-community-gathers-for-virtual-khmer-genocide-remembrance
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.