First They Killed My Father Quotes by Loung Ung
First They Killed My Father Book Summary – 10-Minute Summary
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Until the age of five, Loung Ung and her family led a happy and relatively carefree life in Cambodia's capital Phnom Pen. Ung's father was a high ranking government official and Ing was one of the family's seven children, enjoying the open-air markets in the city, eating fried crickets, watching chickens fight and mildly disobeying her parents. Her mother, who was gentle and beautiful, worried that Loung was a troublemaker, stomping around like a thirsty cow and generally acting in a profoundly un-ladylike way. Her beloved father appreciated Loung's cleverness and was much less inclined to worry about her prospects. In , Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed the city, and the Ung family fled their home, moving from village to village to try to preserve their anonymity and to keep their identity, education and former privilege a secret in order to preserve their safety. For nine people to travel together whilst attempting to keep themselves hidden became impossible and the family dispersed in order to survive.
In April of , the rambunctious, five-year-old Loung Ung lives with her large, loving family in Phnom Penh. Ma is a beautiful, proper woman who was born in China, while Pa works as a police captain for the Lon Nol government. Loung enjoys a comfortable middle-class lifestyle with her six siblings: eighteen-year-old Meng , sixteen-year-old Khouy , fourteen-year-old Keav , ten-year-old Kim , eight-year-old Chou , and three-year-old Geak. One day trucks roll through the streets occupied by men wearing black clothing with red scarves tied around their heads. To survive, Pa says the family must pretend to be peasants and never speak of Phnom Penh, since the Angkar—the name of the new government—hates any signs of worldliness or association with the West.
Until the age of five, Lounge Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official.
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