Friday, August 19, 2011

Her Father's Daughter

Conversations between a daughter and a father, where they come to understand each other, are the backbone of a new book, Her Father's Daughter, by author Alice Pung. Kuan, her father, survived the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and the book details the stages of his life in Melbourne, Australia where he arrived with his wife after living as a refugee in Thailand, China and Cambodia. This is Pung's second book, her first, Unpolished Gem, won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year award. Her Father's Daughter, all 256 pages of it, will be published by Black Inc in Australia next month. You can find out more about the author here.

The proposed bicycle ride over to Koh Dach and then across the Mekong River to its east bank and then back to Phnom Penh this morning, never happened. Two of the three participants pulled out, so we will re-schedule for later next week. I still have nightmares about my cycling experience in Mondulkiri a few years ago so the postponement is fine with me. Our intended route is flat compared to the altitude I had to deal with in that northeast ride from hell. To be honest, cycling and me don't go well together. What excuse can I find to duck out of next week's trip I wonder.

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