Please join the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial as we commemorate more than two millinon people who lost their lives during the Khmer Rouge regime and celebrate the resilience of the Cambodian community through a play, Camboidan Rock Band, by Lauren Lee with music by Denge Fever.
We are honored to partner with the Victory Garndens Theater on its production of Cambodian Rock Band.
"Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American, has found evidence that could finally put away individuals who carried out the Cambodian genocide. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced—his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago—it’s clear this isn’t just a pleasure trip. A wild rock-and-roll journey through the eyes of father and daughter."
6:30 PM Pre-Show Reception
7:30 PM Cambodian Rock Band
9:45 PM Post-Show Conversation
FUNAN | CHICAGO PREMIERE - co-presentation with the Alliance Française de Chicago a part of Festival de la Francophonie 2019.
Guest Speaker: Kai-Duc LUONG, Filmmaker / Video Producer. Born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge years in 1975 and migrated to Paris, France in 1978. Currently working on his second feature film inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy with French actor Denis Lavant.
Written & Directed by: Denis Do.
Cambodian/French | 2018 | 84 Minutes | in French w/English subs | Genre: Animation
Synopsis: 1975, during the Khmer Rouge revolution. Fighting for her own survival, Chou, a young Cambodian mother, looks for her 4-year-old son who was taken away from her by the regime.
Denis Do is a director born in Paris in 1985. He has a passion for images and drawing, and graduated in 2009 from the Gobelins school of images. The Ribbon, the graduation film he co-directed that is about a love story during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, reinforced his desire for cinema. Funan, a family story set during the Khmer Rouge period, and inspired by his own mother’s journey, is his first feature film. His stories, set at a human scale, are inspired by his triple Franco-Sino-Cambodian culture and are intimate and strong. They anchor the small story in the big one through a sober and realistic staging.
Speaking Truths Series is not just a storytelling show; it serves larger purposes, such as connecting stories with larger ideas in storytelling such as the meaning of "truth," the public vs. private tales, the universal vs. the particular, identity, power, shame, trauma, and vulnerability, just to name a few.
Our first show will be on Thursday March 7 at National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial.
The show starts at 7:30pm.
$5 suggested donation, but we won't turn anyone away.
The theme: The Space In Between.
The lineup includes Niki Gee, Nicklin Heap, Arlene Malinowski, Isabelle Rizo, Resham Sarkar, Ryan Viloria, and KJ Whitehead.
What do we share in common and how do we differ from one another? What connects us and what separates us? Can you assume from looking at them at first sight? What does "the space in between" mean to them then?
We will be using this term to connect these tellers' experiences and weave them through the entire show.
And imagine the location of our show, National Cambodian Heritage Museum, as part of the larger stories we have to tell in this series.
If storytelling is about remembering and community building, what could be more significant than remembering stories about survival and resilience of a community of people from another land and witnessing the stories of their thriving on this land?
In this storytelling basics workshop, we will discuss basic tenets of this art form, such as descriptions, basic story arc, emotions, relationships with the audience, and purpose of storytelling. Students will have the opportunity to integrate these elements of storytelling and practice telling during the session.
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. She debuted her first solo show, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, and performed it at the National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, and Boulder Fringe Festival in 2017. She debuted her second solo show, Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving across Borders, with Fillet of Solo and performed it at both The Exit Theatre in San Francisco and the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York in 2018. She will be taking this solo performance to Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival in March this year.
Ada is a speaker for Illinois Humanities 2019-2020 Road Scholars Speakers Bureau. She is also a teaching artist for Changing Worlds and an adjunct faculty member at Dominican University. She is the producer and the host of several storytelling shows, including Pour One Out: A Monthly Storytelling Series, Am I Man Enough?, and Talk Stories: Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.
Please join The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Memorial for an evening of celebration as we gather to mingle and support cultural and artistic preservation.
We are honored to welcome guest speaker and artist, Yary Livan. Mr. Livan is one of perhaps only three Cambodian master ceramists to have survived the 1975 Khmer Rouge genocide. After escaping the Khmer Rouge, Livan spent many years in various refugee camps before finally making his way to the United States in 2001. He shares his artistic knowledge with the next generation through classes and apprenticeships, even building a traditional Cambodian wood-burning kiln using space provided by the Lowell National Historic Park in a partnership with Middlesex Community College. In 2015, Mr. Livan was named a NEA National Heritage Fellow. For more information on Yary Livan:
Date: September 20, 2018
Location: Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago IL 60647
Time: 6pm - 11pm
Tickets are $35. It will include drinks and appetizers,traditional Cambodian music / song / dance performances, and our special guest speaker Yary Livan
Purchase your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-through-the-arts-fundraiser-mixer-tickets-49183162162
Ada Cheng and Archy Jamjun are very happy to host the next Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show at The National Cambodian Heritage Museum. The show will be held on Thursday August 16th and will start at 7:30pm.Our lineup includes Sonal Aggarwal, Thavary Krouch, Carly Oisho, Radhika Sharma Gordon, and Tony Ho Tran. We will also have music by Punisa Pov and improv by Club Asia. We are honored that Talk Stories will be a parallel event for the 6thannual Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival, which will take place during the week of August 13-18 here in Chicago.
Established in 2004, the National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial is still the only museum & memorial of its kind in the United States. Through the permanent exhibition, Remembering the Killing Fields, temporary exhibitions, Healing Arts programs, and workshops; the museum provides a platform to Cambodians from different generations and people from different cultural backgrounds to have open dialogues. We believe in the power of art and the creative process in healing; and we are grateful to Ada Cheng for her continued partnership with us to bring her program to the museum
Ada Cheng's latest show tackles issues about gender, culture, and feminism. Ada Cheng explores how one learns about womanhood, love, and abuse in different sociopolitical and cultural contexts through personal stories. An intense personal journey, this solo weaves tales of breaking rules and broken hearts across borders. This performance is relevant to current debates about gender equality and women's status in American society.
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She is the Bughouse Square Debates 2017 winner. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. She debuted her first solo show, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, at Chicago SOLO Festival in January 2017. During the summer of 2017, she toured across the US at various storytelling festivals and shows. She also performed excerpts of her solo for Ripped: A Living Newspaper Festival (produced by American Blues Theater) last May as well as for PEACEBOOK (produced by Collaboraction Theatre) at the Goodman Theatre last September. Her solo has received great reviews from both Washington Post and DC Metro Theater Arts. and will take it across borders to the Toronto Fringe Festival in July 2018. She is the host of Pour One Out, a monthly storytelling series at the Volumes Bookcafe. She is also the producer and the host of the new show, Am I Man Enough: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.
Randy Kim will serve as the opener for Ada Cheng's performance. He is a queer Southeast Asian storyteller from the Chicagoland area. He comes from a family whose father survived the Cambodian genocide and mother who survived with her family after the Vietnam War. He has performed at other storytelling shows such as You're Being Ridiculous, Is That A Thing?, TenX9 Chicago, Pour One Out, and PREACH. Randy currently serves as a board member with the National Cambodian Heritaged Museum & Killing Fields Memorial.
The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial (NCHM) is a 501c3 non-profit museum that is dedicated to the history of the Cambodian Killing Fields genocide (1975-79) in which an estimated 2 milllion Cambodian were killed. The museum opened in 2004 as the only museum outside of Cambodia dedicated to the history of the genocide. The museum has provided healing and cultural preservation to many of the survivors and their children through art, music, and dance.
Portions of the proceeds from this event will go towards the museum to support their work for the community and focus on genocide awareness.
Admission -- $10 + fee (online)
--- $12 (door)
As part of the Women I Admire Essay Contest, the National Cambodian Heritage Museum is hosting an International Women's Day Celebration.
We will feature the essay contest winner. There will also be a community screening of Girl Rising, followed by a short panel discussion.
In honor of International Women's Day, the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and the Cambodian Women's Network presents:
Woman I Admire Essay Contest
Write a 2-page essay on a woman you admire.
Describe why this woman has inspired you.
How has she impacted your life?
Open to all Chicagoland area high school students. Winners will be announced at the Cambodian Museum's event on Saturday, March 10 in honor of International Women's Day.
1st Prize: $250
2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize: $50
Submit essay to Anneth Houy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to submit: March 1, 2018
Chicago, IL - September 28th - The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial (NCHM) and the Cambodian Association of Illinois (CAI) are proud to host its free film screening of the movie, First They Killed My Father, directed by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie at the museum on Sunday, October 15th at 4 pm. The Netflix movie is based off of Loung Ung’s best-selling book about the author’s experience as a child survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields that occurred from 1975 to 1979 which resulted in the murder of over 2 million Cambodians.
This free film screening will also feature a post-film panel discussion with members from the Cambodian community in Chicago that will share their experience in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. The film screening is open to the public, and will be at the museum located on 2831 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625. Please visitwww.cambodianmuseum.org, or www.facebook.com/cambodianmuseum for more information.
Join Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, the American Indian Center - Chicago and the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial for a half-day workshop exploring mask cultures in American-Indian and Cambodian communities. Explore the meaning of the mask and its relevance in contemporary life with mask makers and performers, Narath Tan, Punisa Pov and more, who will share their experience with masks through live demonstrations and storytelling.
This program is a part of the Chicago Cultural Alliance's Inherit Chicago. Inherit Chicago is a city wide festival of art, ideas and performance at neighborhood heritage museums and cultural centers. Head toInheritChicago.org for a full list of events!
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller, author, and performing artist. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. She has performed her solo show, NOT QUITE: ASIAN AMERICAN BY LAW, ASIAN WOMAN BY DESIRE, at National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Boulder International Fringe Festival, and Houston Fringe Festival so far in 2017. Her motto: "Make your life the best story you tell. "
From Ada Cheng: "I designed this solo performance, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, with political urgency. This show is a direct response to our current political climate and the TrumpPresidency. In this solo, I use "not quite" to connect several main themes, including but not limited to the meanings of home(land), the institutionalization of the alien status, the fractured nature of Asian American identity, and the politics of intersectionality. I intend this show to be an artistic intervention and a challenge to current politic affairs and intellectual debates. This is one of the ways I resist and protest as an artist-storyteller-scholar."
Admission is $10 where the proceeds will go towards the National Cambodian Heritage Museum. The museum has provided tradional Cambodian music / arts / dance classes to youths and all of our community members in Chicago / Chicagoland area. In addition, the museum is the only one internationally outside of Cambodia that focuses on the Cambodian Kiling Fields genocide 1975-79 where over 2 million Cambodian civilians were killed, and the healing efforts for our Cambodian genocide survivors. During the Cambodian genocide, many of its artists, writers, scholars were executed as they were seen as threats to the Khmer Rouge regime. In honor of their contribution, the museum honors their space to allow fellow artists to express their creativity, individuality, and advocacy.
To buy your tickets in advance, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/not-quite-asian-american-by-law-asian-woman-by-desire-tickets-37050849087
The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial is pleased to invite you for a screening of a new documentary, Angkor Awaken: A Portrait of Cambodia, followed by Q & A with Director Robert H. Lieberman on Saturday, June 3rd at 2 PM. The event ticket costs $9.50 and can be purchased online.
This film has been shown in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle and now Chicago.
Please come join the workshop about "Cambodian Mask Dance", facilitated by Rady Nget. He is a male mask dancer and contemporary dancer. He has toured to Europe and throughout Asia and as a contemporary dancer has performed in numerous works of contemporary dance as well as participated in many contemporary dance workshops. Rady has already created a number of his own works including The Feeling for Street Children. Rady received his undergraduate degree in Fine Art from the Royal University of Fine Arts in 2013, and he is now teaching at Faculty of Choreographic Arts, RUFA. Rady is 2017 Asian Cultural Council grantee and he has had his work presented at the Judson Church as well.
- June 2 2017 | 6PM-8PM
- June 3 2017 | 10AM - 12PM and 1PM-3PM
- June 4 2017 | Performance : Time and place : TBA
The National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Memorial will be hosting a fundraiser during Asian American Heritage Month. All proceeds from the event will support the Healing Arts Program at the Museum. The Healing Arts Program is designed to preserve Cambodian culture through genocide education and awareness, cultural preservation, and provide healing and social justice for survivors of the Killing Fields. The program encompasses music, dance, mask making, and films to educate about the Cambodian American experience.
Please join us on Thursday, May 25th 2017 at 6pm.
There will be drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres.
only available through May 20th
after May 20th
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