- Copertina flessibile: 222 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (14 febbraio 2014)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1492286737
- ISBN-13: 978-1492286738
- Peso di spedizione: 426 g
The Years of Zero: Coming of Age Under the Khmer Rouge (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 14 feb 2014
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SENG TY was born in the Kampong Speu province of Cambodia, the son of a respected physician who taught him to value life, aspire to humility, and seek the good in people. He was thirteen when he made his way alone to a refugee camp in Thailand in 1981. His story was featured in TIME Magazine’s article “Children of War”, and was read by an American family in Amherst, Massachusetts, who adopted him a year later. Now he is a citizen of the United States, a husband, a father and an educator in the Lowell, MA School System. Seng will never rid himself of his ghosts, nor will he forget the blood-chilling atrocities he has witnessed and experienced. However, he doesn’t crave revenge against those who carried out these atrocities. He desires to share his story of survival and courage only in order to give hope to others. He was one of the children of war tour in the US cities in early 1984, he shared his story through Phil Donahue Show, many major newspapers and CBS 60 Minutes in 1999. Seng’s wish is that The Years of Zero will give him a platform to expand his message beyond the circle of his students in Lowell, to people all over the world who are in need of a little hope.
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So I picked up the book knowing his story. I was not prepared for the tears that soon came in this powerful retelling of his life. The beautiful description of his beloved country before the Khmer Rouge makes the following fall into hell even more horrific. Seng had lived four lifetimes before he even graduated from U Mass Amherst. Ironically, as a baby he was left with caring peasants called Old People in the new regime. At four years of age he was returned to the warmth and love of his family as the youngest. What he absorbed during this short nurturing time had to last him the rest of his life. By the time he was six his world was in chaos. Only his intellect and his extraordinary bravery kept him alive. He suffered the loss of his family; he endured starvation; he witnessed unbelievable evil and savagery. But he survived. He had different but still very difficult challenges after his adoption by an American family. Language, culture, schooling, and food adaptations were not insignificant. Eventually he was able to reunite with his three surviving siblings.
The Years of Zero Coming of Age Under the Khmer Rouge is a classic and belongs in the curriculum of any study of genocide. Unfortunately the list of madmen is endless- Hitler,Pol Pot, Milošević and the list of peoples and regions affected is also endless – Armenia,Hutu Tutsi, Darfur. Seng Ty’s mother didn’t want her son to survive only to live in hate. Her “revenge” she told her son was education.
I am once again writing a post about Seng Ty's book, The Years of ZERO. I know Seng personally and if you ever met him you would not believe the life that he had survived through. When I read this book and see him I think WOW! He is such a nice man, polite, smart, great husband and father to his children. I think that anyone who has read this should write a post. I also think that when you read this book, you will be so thankful to live in the United States. I think many people would never take anything for granted again. Sometimes, it takes reading about a tragedy to make people wake up and be thankful for what they have. If you have a roof over your head, heat, and food in your stomach, and wake up everyday in this free country U. S. you have everything. Please recommend it to all of your friends and family. Once you read this you won't want to put it down until you read it to the end of the book.