Cambodian Californians Seek Ways To Heal Trauma Of The Past

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Two young children hold their hands together in prayer, the smaller of which is helped by an elderly person in doing so.
Cahoeun (Chantao) Gov helps her granddaughters Zora Sanchez and Kai Sanchez pray at the Fresno Cambodian Buddhist Society temple on Sept. 9, 2023. (Martin do Nascimento/KQED)

Cambodian Americans Work to Heal Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma

More than 40 years after a genocide that killed two million people in Cambodia, the refugees who survived are still struggling to move past the trauma of the Khmer Rouge regime. From 1975 to 1979, soldiers under communist leader Pol Pot, murdered, tortured and starved people in an attempt to rebuild a society free of Western influences. Though many survivors have created a new life in the U.S., their children often bear the scars of the past. KVPR’s Soreath Hok explores the ways in which intergenerational trauma has affected Cambodian Americans in Fresno and how mental health care is evolving to meet their needs.

This Spicy, Crunchy Chili Topping Is the Essence of Balinese Flavors

Celene and Tara Cerrara had successful careers, one a doula and the other a make-up artist, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Then, they both lost their jobs and moved home, where they rediscovered a passion for cooking their native Balinese food. They started a successful pop up, Bungkus Bagus, and are now transitioning towards packaged products. Clare Wiley brings us their story as part of our ongoing series Flavor Profile, which features folks who started successful food businesses during the pandemic.

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