From 6,000 nominated poets, Kosal Khiev has been selected as a Cultural Olympiad to represent Cambodia in the Poetry Parnassus event in London 2012. Poetry Parnassus is the largest gathering of international poets in world history.
April 5, 2012
APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, djs, and activists and airs each week on KPFA 94.1FM. Listen to Kosal’s Interview with Marie Choi on APEX Express 94.1 KPFA.
Champions of Change, too is a community response to the White House officials’ refusal to acknowledge “My Asian Americana” as the official contest winners despite the video winning the highest public vote.
Assisted by Cambodian Royalty and the greater Phnom Penh Arts Community, Studio Revolt organized the Champions of Change, too performance gala. On April 2, 2012, the award ceremony hosted by Java Arts honored the creators and collaborators of “My Asian Americana.” The event was a statement against the White House’s attempt to silence critics of deportations. The event, a staged dinner and award ceremony, was a platform for exiles and their supporters to speak freely about the issue. Awards were handed out by Her Royal Highness Soma Norodom to Vanna Sann, Vinh Dao, Ryan Tong, Sokha Chhim, Thea Som, Kosal Khiev, Phanna Nam, Masahiro Sugano, and Anida Yoeu Ali.
During the event, the collaborators of Studio Revolt disclosed details regarding the White House’s mishandling of the contest and the administration’s attempt to silence the issue of deportations. The filmmakers screened a follow up film, “Return to Sender” , a video letter addressed to the President, Congress, and fellow Americans featuring testimonies of Khmer Exiled Americans extradited to Cambodia.
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Original Interview with Kosal (air March 1, 2012):
Follow up interview after “My Asian Americana” denied popular vote win by White House:
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Studio Revolt’s video “My Asian Americana” made the White House Top 11 Finals for the What’s Your Story Video Challenge! We woke up at 4am Phnom Penh time to listen to a 45 min phone conference call. 30 minutes in, we the finalists were announced after an already delayed 2-month vetting process. We are thankful to be part of the Top 11 videos.
We made this video “My Asian Americana” to create awareness around the devastating effects and injustices of deportations upon the Cambodian American community. A tremendous abmount of love and sweat went into this little film and we hope you’ll vote for it. You’ll also notice it takes a very different approach than all the other entries. As you know – we are all about making sure we have artistic integrity with everything that comes out of Studio Revolt.
Voting ends March 1st!!!!
Then click on “My Asian Americana” (Our video is the first one on top left)
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We really didn’t expect to get this far because we didn’t think anyone at the White House would touch the issue of deportation. We are grateful to even make it this far. Please help us take it all the way to the White House so we can have serious face time with folks who may be able to effect policies and create some really changes around this injustice.
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February 2, 2012
In January 2012, Kosal Khiev sat down with Jennifer Cimaglia, a Princeton-in-Asia fellow. The conversation about religion, spirituality, and second chances become this article titled “Alternative Forms of “Religion” and “Development”
(July 19, 2011)
by Kosal Khiev
There are times in my life moments in btween the nights where i’ve laid bathe in my own grief
the streets are only memories
stories told with a glazy stare
knowing full well with a full heart that i should be there
but thats neither here nor there
im aware in these moments
cold in a zone
a part of a world where tragedies happen everyday
(August 26, 2011)
by Kosal Khiev
My scars are hidden
underneath the surface
lies a broken boy
feelin like he’s worthless
for years he thought
maybe he deserves this
caged like an animal
how can he know what love is
so nothing moved him
almost let the beast consumed him
but then spoken word came
and it changed his movements
he grew into a man
who became more than stupid
he grew into a man
and became his own movement
planted his feet but they came to uproot him
almost accepted defeat
but he became a fusion
the prodigal son of Cambodia
those were his roots then
so he dug into the soil and swore with his love
opened up his heart and swore it with his blood
then he captured his tears and soaked it in the mud
what grew after that became a child of love
(August 27, 2011)
by Kosal Khiev
Its been foretold
songs of men of old
word from ground zero,
we passed through the storm but another one brews,
and though each morn i mourn
i gather the few,
lost scattered tribes of the family i knew,
but who’d knew another family stews,
so im here to merge the old with the new,
fuse the bones with the fire,
so the desire becomes truth
what lies beyond the skin,
where the spirit glows within,
bleed the same blood,
so really we kin
by: Kosal Khiev
Stark mad are my delusions of peace.
These streets are ruled by guns and drugs.
Slugs that tugs at flesh,
and rips through chests in these projects infested slums.
Come and witness what I see.
Every day I pray,
But God apparently ignores my pleas.
There’s only misery ahead of me.
I brace myself and wait for impact.
My back’s broken.
From the weight of the world,
And I’m hoping these burdens will ease up from these shoulders.
Nothing is more colder when a body goes into shock.
Wide-eyed, blood-shot, frantic breathing,
The block taped up with caution.
A mother is pleading for her son’s wound that’s bleeding.
Throwing curses to God, doctors, and nurses,
WHY do WE continue to hurt US!
Death has no purpose.
So let me give some meaning in these verses before they murder us.
I shall further explain.
My pain shall never more endure in vain.
God is coming,
And I anticipate to dissect his brain.