A Southeast Asian Celebration
A two-day celebration of the Southeast Asian New Year was held on campus and featured a visit by four monks from the new Thai temple in Raynham, the largest of its kind outside of Thailand.
Dr. Wing-kai To, professor of history and coordinator of the Asian Studies Program, arranged for the celebration, which included lectures, a poetry reading and lectures by visiting scholars from Cambodia. Head monk Ven Mongkol Kuapool, as part of the celebration, delivered a presentation about the Buddhist faith.
Also among those who spoke was Y. Ly, the author of When Heaven Becomes Hell: A Survivor's Story Under the Khmer Rouge, published by Yale University Press, and who today is a local Cambodian-American leader. The book is a first-person account of the four-year period when Mr. Ly and his family suffered the loss of their child during a forced march organized by the Khmer Rouge from the capital of Phnom Pen in 1975. (Story and photo by David K. Wilson, '71, University)