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Ambassador Sichan Siv Presents: Golden Words

By Wallingford Pub... - Posted on 28 May 2013

Wednesday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room

Sichan SivSichan Siv is no stranger to Wallingford. He first set foot here thirty-seven years ago as a refugee from the Khmer Rouge killing fields. He tells the story of his capture and escape in his 2001 memoir, Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America..

This month he will be presenting his newly published book of poetry, Golden Words. When asked why he chose to write poetry, Mr. Siv replied, “I love watching the sunrise. One morning it occurred to me that maybe I should put into words everything that has been in my mind for 36 years. Most of the rules, etiquette, and social law in Cambodia were originally written in poetry....Poetry was part of my upbringing and it disappeared under the Khmer Rouge.”

After arriving in Wallingford, Sichan Siv went from picking apples in a local orchard to Columbia University. In 2001 he was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as a United States ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006.

Don’t miss your chance to hear this extraordinary man tell his story and share his poetry. Seating is limited; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please register online or by phone at (203)265-6754.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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