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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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published April 1st 2005)
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Lindsay I would absolutely read First They Killed My Father first. Book two picks up right where book one leaves off. To understand what Loung and Chou are…moreI would absolutely read First They Killed My Father first. Book two picks up right where book one leaves off. To understand what Loung and Chou are going through in the second book you need the history from the first.(less)

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Dagio_maya
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asiatica, americana, real
Nata nel 1970 da una famiglia Cino-Cambogiana di Phnom Pen, Loung Ung vive la separazione dai suoi cari a seguito dell’Angkar, ossia il feroce governo dei Khmer Rossi.

” Tra il 1975 e il 1979, i Khmer Rossi hanno sistematicamente massacrato due milioni di cambogiani, quasi un quarto della popolazione dell’intero paese. Un eccidio perpetrato ricorrendo a mezzi quali le esecuzioni sommarie, il lavoro forzato e un razionamento del cibo tale da causare la morte per fame. Tra le vittime dei Khmer Ros
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Kelsey
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Marquise Dogan
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Adrian
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Andreea Lucau
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is based on a real story.
After the Khmer Rouge regime ended in Cambodia, Loung, her brother and sister in law escaped to Thailand and then to US. They left behind their family, hoping they would be able to help them from abroad.
The book tells the story of their reunion from two points of view: Loung's and her sister Chou, who was left behind. What impressed me the most was how hard if was for Loung to let of of the ghost of the past and embrace her new life. She needed a really long ti
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Karen Beath
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the follow up to the book 'First they killed my father' and while the story is quite different it is no less compelling. It concurrently follows the journey of Loung as she leaves Cambodia and starts a new life growing up in the US, and her sister Chou as she is forced to grow up quickly in Cambodia.
It is a fascinating look at the problems facing refugees who move to a country where they have a language and cultural barrier. Loung sums this up well when she says her Cambodian friends tho
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Orla Hegarty
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sentbynlpl, cambodia
I visited Cambodia for two weeks in March/April 2018 and it captured my heart even though I knew very little about it before hand (I was there to visit my daughter who was finishing an internship there).

I read this 2nd book in the trilogy by Ms. Ung under the (now framed) print of two dancing apsaras I purchased outside one of the many temples I wandered around at Angkor Wat. I feel as if Ms. Ung and her sister are these two goddesses that are still dancing despite the atrocities visited upon th
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Rebecca
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
Eye-opening memoir about one sister recovering from the Khmer Rouge as a refugee in American and another sister recovering in Cambodia.
Custodio
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ung manage to surprise me once again with her thoughtful, incredible, and inspiring memoir.
With the book "Lucky Child," as the sequel to "First They Killed My Father." Ung, as a child was forced to live under the harsh rule of the Khmer Rouge Regime. Loosing her oldest sister, father, mother, and younger sister she was left with three brothers and one sister. With the amount of gold they owned, Meng(her oldest brother), his wife Eang, and Ung were the only ones to leave to the United States. No
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Stefani
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History buffs, Overcoming Adversity
Loung Ung pulled me right back into her second book of this series. She takes you on a journey to America where, for her, everything is foreign and she is learning to adjust to a new language, new people, new weather, and new surroundings. She is constantly reminded of her family and the war in Cambodia throughout her life in America. She tells about how she was able to quiet that anger, depression, and anxiety. One of my favorite parts of this book is that she would switch back and forth betwee ...more
♥ Marlene♥
Finished last night.

It was weird really that the whole book you get to meet the Loung who has moved to America and who is suffering from what happened to her inside but never shows how hunted she is by what happened in the war to others. So you'd think it is a build up to how she manages to heal, how she did it? But no all of a sudden we jump from that scared Loung to a woman who is at peace with her past and meets her family.

Now I do know why it is not revealed because that is for her third boo
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Mike
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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Michelle
Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

Shay
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
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.
Kelli
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Patrick McCoy
Earlier this year while in Cambodia I read Loung Ung's first memoir, First They Killed My Father, which has been made into a Netflix film by Angeline Jolie and I realized that Ung has written two subsequent memoirs about her life. The second volume is called Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind (2005). I also learned that she attended Saint Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont where she was raised once she moved to America. I had the opportunity to vis ...more
Ketekun Phanith
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Prerna
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this read. I actually bought this book a few years ago when my family visited Cambodia and I only just got around to reading it. Since I had read the book set before this one ( First They Killed My Father ), I was familiar with the characters and context. However, the introduction to life in the US (and the escape from Cambodia) makes this story different from the first book and interesting.

The interchanging narration from Loung (in first person) and Chou (in third person) is ef
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Dave
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know what I can say about this to do it justice. I'm just two years older than Loung. I grew up in a small Midwestern town while she was suffering through genocide in her country. I made the awkward journey through my teenage years while she came to America as a refugee and, on top of having to adjust to a completely new culture, she had to struggle to mentally survive the loss of her parents and siblings and her childhood with memories of death and starvation and murder.

Eventually
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Conwae Selley
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Ung relates the experiences of herself and her family as they find their way in Vermont, after being sponsored to a new life following the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Simultaneously we are shown a picture of the life of sister Chou, left behind to life in a country facing instability and enduring great hardship following the devastation wreaked by the regime.

This book is by turns moving, funny, charming and thought provoking. Ung's story gives a vital insight into the struggle of those brave surviv
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Lorrayne
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-writers, asian
I read this book after my trip to Cambodia. Beyond the horrors lived by people during Pol Pot's regime, what struck me was how unaware I was on the lingering effects on a country that had both land and people so deeply ravaged. How does one society mend itself? How do you overcome the fear, the lack of trust, the trauma, the nighmares and the longing for those that are gone? Some pray, others meditate, some choose to never speak about it again and pretend it didn't happpen. Loung Ung chooses to ...more
Becki Basley
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the continuation of Loung’s story from “First they Killed My Father” but in this one Loung tells her family’s story in mainly two stories that of herself living in America with her brother and his wife and her sister living with family back in Cambodia. One striking story she tells is of the host American family taking them to their Fourth of July celebrations and how excited they were to share with them one of the anticipated event of the firework show. Their host family didn’t even sto ...more
Beth
When Loung Ung ended her first memoir, she was ten years old and had just been relocated to Vermont with her oldest brother, Meng, and his wife Eang. This book goes on from there to tell of her experiences as a young Cambodian refugee girl growing up in the U.S. It's not easy to be a refugee - while she has left the war, the Khmer Rouge, and fighting, it has not left her. She also has to deal with having left two brothers and her sister, Chou, behind.

Loung Ung took a very honest look at her lif
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Rachel Lee
I haven’t finished this book... maybe I will at some point but unlike every other reviewer here I have been finding it pretty arduous to read. I loved the first book but this one does not draw me in in the same way and I find the use of the present tense slightly irritating and the minutiae of detail less believable than in First They Killed My Father- someone who has gone through an horrific ordeal is likely to remember the detail of that but it’s pretty unlikely they remember the day to day qu ...more
Ben
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book as it showed an example of a young girl having to adapt. When Loung moved from Cambodia to America, it was a massive change for her. I gave this book 3 stars because it does leave some holes in the story. The chronological order of some events are unclear- the book could be improved by fixing that. However, I think the book did educate people on the horrors of Khmer Rouge rule. In addition, the life story of the main character was also very well written. In summary, this was an ...more
Jenn
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction, memoirs
I was just as absorbed by this book as I was by its prequel, First They Killed My Father. It is a fascinating story about what it's like to come to America, not just as an immigrant, but as a refugee with a lifetime of trauma and emotional wounds. Every page was interesting. If you haven't read the prequel, you won't be able to fully grasp why Loung has the nightmares she does or the compelling desire to fight. But if you can't stomach the horrifying details of the first book, you could read thi ...more
Ana
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aunque sigue siendo una gran fuente de información acerca de la vida en Cambodia, no tiene el mismo sentimiento ni la misma intensidad que el primer libro.
Cronológicamente trata de abarcar muchos años, y la vida de todos sus hermanos, por lo que pierde la intensidad y sentimentalismo que tiene el primero.
Sin embargo, tiene gran información acerca de como puede vivir la vida una persona de una cultura totalmente diferente en otro país. Como continúa la vida en Cambodia después de los khermes roj
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Stephanie Walden
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Simply beautiful. The first book, ‘First they Killed my Father’ is a book I read though tears. ‘The Lucky Child’ is one I read with a smile. It’s a lovely follow up to the first book and interesting to see how Loung Ung’s life went after escaping the Khmer Rouge and what happened to the family she left behind. I would highly recommend both the first book and this one to anyone. Such an important read which is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.
Nancy A Faussett
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the autobiographical trilogy written by a Cambodian/Chinese woman who survived four years under the Khmer Rouge as a young child (in fact, she became a child soldier). The first book, First They Killed My Father, was made into a movie directed by Angelina Jolie. Whereas the first book covered her early years in Cambodia, this 2nd book describes her early life in the US where she moved when she was 10.
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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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