Thursday, April 8, 2010

World Studies- Cambodia


Thursday:
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/cambodia/

Discussion Questions:

Discussion Questions:

1. Who were the Khmer Rouge?
Took over the Cambodian government from 1975-1979, tried to purge Cambodia of foreign influence, tried to create an agrarian "utopia"
2. What did they believe?
They rejected capitalism, peasants were held up as ideal citizens, cities were emptied and everyone was forced to live in the countryside
3. What was the ultimate result of the rule of the Khmer Rouge?
For four years, between 1.5 and 2 million people were executed, starved, tortured or worked to death
4. What has happened to the Khmer Rouge?
Many were never held accountable for their actions, many have blended with society
5. When and how did the U.S. support Pol Pot?
We supported Pol Pot's regime because it was anti-Vietnamese
6. Relate this story to other stories of genocide you've learned about in school.
(Holocaust, Rwandan genocide, Darfur...)
Friday:
http://www2.facinghistory.org/Campus/bethechange.nsf/home?OpenForm
Click on "Arn Chorn Pond/Explore Now"
View Profile and watch short (10 minutes) video clip.
Scroll through and click on different images. Watch short video clips and discuss questions.

Additional Posts on the topic of the Cambodian Genocide:
http://hansengeorge.blogspot.com/2008/04/be-change-conversation-w-arn-chorn-pond.html

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