"Dear Ms. Him,
Thank you so much for sharing your story [When Broken Glass Floats] with me and the world . . . Courageous individuals such as yourself help give voice to those who have none and remind us of our obligations to humanity…You are an inspiring woman." Read More
― Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, U.S. Secretary of State
Hello. Welcome to my website.
I love storytelling, international speaking and teasing my audiences with my good-natured sense of humor after my talks, especially during Q & A.
I'm glad you're here.
I am on a mission to dazzle the world’s readers with my imaginative and original ideas of storytelling with a Cambodian twist! It is my goal to entertain, inspire, empower, and educate readers everywhere with stories that are rich with cultural background and twists. Please stay tuned for my forthcoming young adult novel, Rise of the Golden Aura.
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Rise of the Golden Aura
A blind man’s vision: ancient royalty will reincarnate as a queen with supernatural gifts; her golden aura visible only to the spirit world.
JD Bophatip is a lucky girl. Abandoned as a baby in a basket near a Cambodian temple, she was adopted and taken to America. Now seventeen, JD decides to enter the Queen of Rosaria competition, part of the Portland Rose Festival. It’s a decision that will change her life.
Enter Ryker Erickson: charming, enigmatic and irresistible. He is drawn to JD, captivated by her glowing aura. He’s not the only one.
Ryker and his family belong to a powerful circle of vampires with a vested interest in the human realm. A prophecy foretells that a golden queen will come to rule the vampire underworld. While Ryker falls for JD, his clan is plotting her destruction.
Then there are the dreams. JD struggles to comprehend the meaning behind these potent prophetic visions. How are they linked to a mysterious gift of Sanskrit inscriptions and sacred jewels? JD must harness her emerging powers in time to fulfill her destiny and save her life.
The first book of an exciting and unusual new series, Rise of the Golden Aura blends myth, folklore, suspense, loyalty and love.
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ENDORSEMENTS & REVIEWS FOR RISE OF THE GOLDEN AURA
"Cambodian lore, vampires, mysticism and the perfect dose of romance! A great read!"
― #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
Why did I spend three years pouring my heart and soul into Rise of the Golden Aura for Young Adults/Adults?
Though I have inspired and empowered my readers, audiences, and hosts around the world with my international speaking and my widely acclaimed, award-winning memoir, When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge (Norton), the painful story came with a hefty personal price. It was time for a change. Read more....
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After you enjoy Rise of the Golden Aura, you must read When Broken Glass Floats. Together, both books will empower, inspire and educate you. (If you already read When Broken Glass Floats, thank you!)
In the Cambodian proverb, "when broken glass floats" is the time when evil triumphs over good. I wrote my memoir, When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge, as a monument to those who perished and suffered alongside of me during our years of enslavement and horror. In a country of 7 million, nearly two million of us died. Determined to use my second chance to tell our story, I wrote for four years as I painfully retraced my steps back through the dark tunnel of terror, suffering, and loneliness that had once been our world. Many old wounds were reopened, but I emerged from that darkness with an award-winning book recounting our experience, and forever giving voice to those who no longer have one, including that of my beloved lost parents and siblings.
Life after those dark years has rewarded me greatly. My impossible dream has come true. My deceased parents, siblings and friends now live on in my book and in the hearts and minds of my audiences everywhere, along with the millions of others who perished unjustly alongside of them. My words have been heard and continue to be heard.
I no longer feel powerless.
In 2004 I received a personal thank-you letter from Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright for "giving voice to those who have none." My writing appears in the book Voices of Protest: Documents of Courage and Dissent, with the words of other icons of justice, such as Martin Luther King, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mohammed Ali, and Rachel Carson. Radio Sweden Channel One compared my memoir with books written by Imre Kertész, the 2002 Nobel Prize winner in literature and Holocaust concentration camp survivor. I was featured with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a film called The Will To Live. My words have been heard on the BBC, Al Jazeera, the Voice of America, Cambodian National TV, Australian radio and TV, and U.S. radio and television. I have been the keynote speaker at lecture halls in the U.S., Australia, Cambodia, Canada and Denmark.
When Broken Glass Floats has inspired and touched many of the lives of those who dared read it. It has been chosen by book clubs and made required reading in high schools and universities all over the world. I have been invited to speak at many of those schools and have been invited back many times.
There, I consistently surprised audiences by mixing the serious content of my talks with my upbeat spirit, humor, and good-natured teasing. Over and over, these audiences asked the same question: how is it possible that a child who suffered under one of the most brutal killing regimes of the 20th century, one who lost both her parents and many siblings, could emerge with such a bright and forgiving spirit, and with so much optimism and sense of possibility?
Today, I continue to speak before audiences everywhere, telling my story and answering that question. My family—and all those who have died and suffered—have given me a mission: to tell the world what really happened, so that we brothers and sisters of this planet can prevent it from ever happening again.
To arrange an appearance, please contact me for information and fees.
ENDORSEMENTS & REVIEWS FOR WHEN BROKEN GLASS FLOATS
“A gut-wrenching story, told with honesty, restraint, and dignity.”
— Ha Jin, author of Waiting, winner of the National Book Award
“Astonishing and heartbreaking. . . . Written in spare, visual prose that makes the world it describes tangible.” — Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe
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“Even though Chanrithy was young during the genocide, she never forgot her mission to educate the world. I commend her for this effort.” — Dith Pran, whose life story was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film, The Killing Fields
“A touching and illuminating human account and should not be missed by anyone around the world.” — Le Ly Hayslip, author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places
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"Simply but effectively recounted."
— (London) Sunday Times
"Twenty-five years after the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror expired, Him's memoir is a grim, gut-wrenching reminder of its violence."
"The force of this memoir lies in the present-tense immediacy of lived experience, told vividly through a child's lens. . . . One of a younger generation of survivors who are emerging to transform their anguish and nightmares into a landscape of transcendence and hope."
—Women's Review of Books
“There are few books that give a refugee’s point of view as clearly and passionately as Him’s.” — Time Out
“Intelligent and morally aware . . . [Him] tells us what it was like to struggle to survive while others played out utopian dreams.” — New York Times
A worthy and compelling. . . . Simply told, yet inspirational memoir about the reign of the Khmer Rouge that helps to shed light on the plight of the Cambodian people. — Kirkus Reviews
"Few books take us through the whole hellish journey as seen by children--and as deep inside their confused and angry hearts." — San Jose Mercury News
This beautifully told story is an important addition to the literature of this period. — Publishers Weekly
“An inspiring story that draws hope from horror.”
— Seattle Times
"Astounding. . . . A remarkable testament to both the horrors of Pol Pot's treacherous regime and to the strength of a people brought together by fear of a common enemy. . . .As important for its historical perspective as it is for its inspirational conclusion." — Soma
"Moving and well-written memoir" — Library Journal
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