Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind
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Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind (Daughter of Cambodia #2)

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After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two brothers remained behind. In this poignant and elegiac memoir, Loung recalls her assimilation into an unfamiliar new culture w...more
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Published July 13th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 1st 2005)
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Sequel to "First they Killed my Father", the tale of the Cambodian genocide of its intellectuals at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. This book picks up where the other left off - Loung Ong escaped to America with her brother and his wife after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, and this tells the story of her trying to find her place in a new country while also dealing with all the trauma from her suffering in Cambodia. It also tells the story of her sister, who stayed behind in Cambodia, be...more
Marquise Dogan
Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung is the second continuation book to First They Killed My Father. It is a memoir novel about Loung’s life after she immigrated to Vermont from Cambodia. Since she had left most of her family back in Cambodia because of money reasons, she comes back to rescue and see Chou, her sister. The Ung family goes through many hardships after they move to the United States since it’s a new world to them. Throughout the...more
I recommend EVERYONE to read this book. Before you do, read "First They Killed My Father". This is a sequel to it.

The author is a survivor of the genocide that occurred in Cambodia. The reality of what happened there and the effects it had on individual lives and the country is unimaginable. What happened to the millions that died, and the millions more that lived, should be something we are all aware of.

Loung shares her story openly and sometimes brutally. What the Cambodians experienced is gu...more
This book tugged at my heartstrings. And gave me a serious crush on the author.

When I was in elementary school, a kid showed up on our playground who couldn't speak a word of English. I remember wanting to talk to him - to ask him where he was from, and to invite him to join our football games. The word got around that he was from Cambodia. I had no idea where that was, and even less of an idea what was going on there. I was completely unaware of what the kid on the playground had been through....more
After traveling to Thailand I read the book, First They Killed My Father. Seeing the poverty and the slow-paced life there, I was interested in the culture and history of these Asian countries. Lucky Child, follows the story of Loung as she moves to the United States with her brother and sister-in-law. Language and culture barriers and nightmares make the adjustment difficult. Loung also shares the story of her sister Chou who stays behind in Cambodia. Another inspiring memoir of resiliance.

This book quickly became a favorite for me. I first discovered First They Killed My Father in the school library. The cover attracted me, I picked it up, started to read, and fell in love with the story. Finding Lucky Child, the sequal to the book, was just another piece of literature to treasure. Watching as Loung Ung faces her troubling past while growing up as a seemingly normal girl in America is amazing.
Mitzi Moore
I met the author at a teacher's conference years ago. My copy of First They Killed My Father is autographed. This sequel had gut-wrenching moments, too, but ultimately has a happy ending. Each chapter alternates between the life of Loung, who came to America as a refugee, and her sister Chou, who stayed behind in Cambodia.
Loung Ung is als 10-jarige met haar oudste broer meegegaan van Cambodja naar Amerika. De familie heeft vreselijk geleden onder het bewind van de Rode Khmer. De ouders en twee zusjes hebben die periode niet overleefd. Loung probeert zich aan te passen in Amerika maar blijft vreselijke nachtmerries houden over Cambodja. Haar broer en zij denken door er niet over te praten ze het vlugst van de nare herinneringen af komen. Loung merkt als ze de tienerleeftijd voorbij is dat ze door haar verhaal op t...more
This is the sequel to "First they killed my father." I strongly recommend both of these books. They are gut wrenching, but true stories of a time period that many people know nothing about.
Vutha Um
Lucky child is the sequel to First they killed my father, which I would suggest you read first. It's one of my favorite books! The author, Loung Ung has such a vivid memory of her past and she does an amazing job at describing her life as she lived through the Cambodian civil war. She tells it in a way that you can feel her emotions of what she went through. I enjoyed reading her two books because you can only read so much history books to understand the war, but to hear it from someone who has...more
Hannah Mcgreevy
In this book, Lucky Child, the author Loung Ung writes about her experience leaving Cambodia and starting a new life in America. She also refers back to her sister, Chou, that she had left behind.By examining the difficulties of adapting to American culture, Loung Ung realizes how hard it is to forget her past, and what life would’ve been like in Cambodia.

Loung was the chosen one, the “lucky child” to be taken to America at age 10 with her older brother and his wife. She barely knew english when...more
This is the sequel book to "First They Killed My Father" and it wasn't as good, sadly. I actually really loved the first book. This was not bad, but it left me pretty bored at times. Make sure that you don't read this book without reading the first one first. It will be helpful as there are many names mentioned throughout that you adjust more easily to remembering from reading the first book. This book also alludes to a lot of mentioned memories from the first book that you can fully grasp in kn...more
This is the true story of two sisters, separated by an ocean after surviving the horrors of Cambodia's killing fields. Loung was a child soldier who lost her father, mother, and younger sister at that time. Her older brother is able to afford to take just one of his sisters along to become refugees in the U.S. and Loung, as the youngest, is the "lucky child" chosen.

The first half of this book is the most insightful, as each chapter moves back and forth between what Loung was experiencing in Amer...more
Kathleen Rock
Lucky Child is about a young girl who moves to America during the Khmer Rouge Genocide. The soldiers killed her father in the first book of the pair. I have to say, this was not the best book. It didn’t really help with my understanding of Cambodia. It just followed the girl’s life in America. Yes, it went through her struggles of race, gender, and all of that stuff. I just didn’t really feel emotionally connected or anything to her. Also, everyone had UNG in their name. It was confusing. But I...more
Lucky Child by Loung Ung was an amazing sequel to First They Killed My Father. I choose to read this book because I was interested in what happened to Loung Ung once she was able to come to America. I wanted to see how she saw a different place compared to home after her own home was destroyed due to the Khmer Rouge. Lounge has difficulty trying to get settled in America. She has many emotional breakdowns like when her sponsors come in to her new home and teach them things they know about to th...more
Lucky Child by Loung Ung is the sequel to the breathtaking novel "First they killed my father" that was a story about oppression in Cambodia. Lucky child deals more of what happened after Loung's departure to America and the deep connection she shares with her sister that lives Cambodia.

Lucky Child starst off with Loung living with her older brother and his wife in America. She is surrounded by Americans which she refers to as "Pale Strangers." She has to adapt to American live and live on after...more
Emily Wiersma
Once I started I couldn't put it down. However, I didn't realize there was a another book that came first so I'm going to end up reading them backwards. This was about a young girl's journey, Loung Ungs, too America and her growing up as a refugee in America. She survived the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia thanks in part to her family who put each other first before themselves. She is chosen by her oldest brother to be the one to go to America because she was the youngest and could still be educated.
Pei Pei
Parts of this I liked better than "First They Killed My Father" - I thought the writing, in places, was much better and showed the maturation of the author - but I was frustrated that Ung didn't delve into any of the issues that I was most interested in and just stayed on a surface level back-and-forth narrative that was largely expected. Instead of the rather typical immigrant adjustment story that Ung told, I was fascinated by her unwillingness to write letters to her siblings back in Cambodia...more
"Lucky Child" was the only book I had to read for summer reading this year. Only hearing a summary of the book, I went into this book like I go into most summer reading books- let's just get this over with.
I was pleasantly surprised by how good the book was. The chapters were short and easy to read, but still extremely interesting. It was amazing what Loung, Chou, and her family had to go through. It was really inspiring to read- it really puts thing in perspective for just an everyday American...more
this book, along with First They Killed My Father, by loung ung, had a profound impact on me personally. (it is essential to read the other one first.) this two books gave shape and form and more importantly faces and names to a piece of history that i previously only given a cursory glance. these two books have hooked my heart and given me a deep love and interest in cambodia.
her startling honesty and vulnerability is absolutely commendable and her story is critical for all of us to hear.
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This autobiography picks up where "First They Killed My Father" left off. The family is divided as Loung, her oldest brother, and his wife immigrate to America, while the rest of the family is forced to remain in Cambodia. Loung contrasts her struggles to assimilate into American culture, with her sister's struggles just to survive in Cambodia. This book really brings home the point that even though a war is over, life can still be very difficult-- in a number of ways-- for the people who were a...more
this is probably the single best book I have ever ever touching, inspiring and honest. I have so much admiration for Loung Ung, her family and everyone else who suffered during those horrendous times.
Jun 20, 2007 suzy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans, those interested in Cambodia and its civil war
Fantastic. I also loved the addition at the end of the book of recommended restaurants. One of my favorite parts was on page 27, when Loung Ung talks about her impression of the Brady Bunch from her perspective of a new immigrant, "As much as I like the show, I sometimes fantasize about beating up the Brady girls. In my mind, I lift their stick figures up in the air, thier golden hair flowing like silk threads over my shoulders as I send them crashing on my knee, snapping them like dry old twigs...more
Not as gripping as First they killed my father, but obviusly not as horrifying subject mater.

The story tells of Loungs struggles as a Cambodian growing up in American, where the language and culture is different, but the nightmares of her past do not go away. Loung alos interweaves the story with that of her sister Chou, who stayed behind in Cambodia.

It starts off a bit slow but comes to quite a powerful finish when Loung is able to put her demons to rest.

You could read this without having read...more
Jessi Todd
To be honest, I didn't like this one as much as Ung's first memoir, "First the Killed my Father", but I was so attached to the story that I couldn't put it down, and definitely stained many a page with tears. Although I felt that some of the book would've been better focused on Luong herself (for example, I would've liked to hear more details about why she chose not to write to Chou and the rest of her family all those years! I'm sure there are so many feelings to delve into there...and what mad...more
Marady Mon
I remember reading this in the 9th grade. I chose to read it because I am of Cambodian descent, and so was the author.
Another beautifully written memoir of a life that most of us could never imagine.
I had just read "First They Killed My Father," so it was nice to read the sequel shortly after. The first book left off with Loung having just moved to America, and this one picks up with her starting school.

I really enjoyed how this was written and organized, since chapters alternated between Loung's life in Vermont contrasted to her sister's life in Cambodia. Even after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, life was still difficult for the family that stayed behind.

I definitely recommend this to anyon...more
Katherine Wood
This book is the second volume of Loung Ung's 3-part autobiography. Ung cleverly compares her each chapter of her life as a refugee in Vermont while alternating chapters provide the simultaneous stories of her closest sister's life back in Cambodia. This book gave me a much clearer insight into the lives of Cambodian young women. Even though Ung grew to adulthood in the 80s, this book provides a relevant explanation to the mindset of Cambodians based on the horrific history they have shared and...more
This follow-up memoir to First They Killed My Father is equally poignant and gripping. It picks up with the author's arrival in America as a young child and details her struggle to adjust to her new country while trying to escape the ghosts of her past. Intertwined with the author's story is that of her siblings who were left behind in Cambodia. Even though the Khmer Rouge were "gone," the family was still poor, renegades would still raid their homes, and landmines continued to claim lives. I hi...more
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An author, lecturer, and activist, Loung Ung has advocated for equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide for more than fifteen years. Ung lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband.
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