Chapter

Land of No More Hope

Aihwa Ong

in Buddha Is Hiding

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520229983
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937161 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229983.003.0002
Land of No More Hope

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This chapter studies the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, which greatly desacralized and overturned all aspects of social life, such as gender relations and family. It looks at a Buddhist-Khmer culture that was based on ritual and political subordinated tempered by the Khmer-Buddhist emphasis on kindness, mutuality, and compassion. The first section is on refugee studies and the concept of the human, while the second section looks at the air attacks during the 1970s and the rise of the Khmer Rouge, the armed forces of Pol Pot. A description of Cambodia before and during the Pol Pot regime is also provided in this chapter.

Keywords: Pol Pot; social life; gender relations; Buddhist-Khmer culture; Khmer-Buddhist; refugee studies; air attacks; Khmer Rouge

Chapter.  10807 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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