Posts Categorized: Either the Beginning or the End of the World

  • “Chnam Oun 16” and Either the Beginning or the End

    When I heard the song “I am 16” – “Chnam Oun 16” – by Bochan, I thought she must speak for so many Cambodian daughters, mothers, and grandmothers with her gripping lyrics of survival. And Bochan has just said, Yes, we can use her song as the audio for a book trailer for Either the…

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  • The Kirsten Lee travels with the Blood Moon

    This is a bittersweet fishing story. This morning as I write, fisherman Mike Pawluk is steaming toward Montauk on the Kirsten Lee, a boat he went ground fishing on for about fourteen years. He fished with Captain Steve Lee and they were friends and still are. They’d been through changing fishing regulations together, documenting days…

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  • Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival

    The Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival, formerly Riverfest, happens every August on the Merrimack River in Lowell, Massachusetts. There’s everything Cambodia.  Music, dance, ginger trees to buy, golden bracelets, river boats,  lime papaya salad.  I went with our family friend who is also a photographer, Ty Paterson, and  she took these photos at the last…

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  • Either the Beginning or the End of the World

    A Cambodian-American girl, a soldier returned from war, and extraordinary acts love can demand… Here is a guide for curriculum connections and discussion: Either-the-Beginning-or the End of the World Discussion Guide  Reviews  *  “Farish’s writing is haunting. Beautifully written and briskly paced… An excellent choice for readers seeking a less than neatly packaged love story…

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