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Under the Bamboo Shoots Launch

Under the Bamboo Shoots is a poetic thriller, exploring the ‘other side’ of greener pastures.

It follows the lives of Samay, Annabelle and Frederick — three people whose parents endured the horrific events of the Khmer Rouge, and the civil wars of Cambodia.

Kalyan Ky tells their stories through vivid prose and daring poetry, detailing their ups and downs as they come to grips with growing up as second generation migrants, and putting into perspective what their parents went through.

A tale of love, friendship, self-discovery and learning about the beauty of forgiveness, Under the Bamboo Shoots will give readers a glimpse into the civil wars of Cambodia through the eyes of its children, and through the eyes of the children, the victims and survivors will know their stories are not forgotten.

The launch will include a short play and musical performances.

Published by Templelon Books/MPUinc.


Date: Sunday 30 August

Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Venue: Festival Club, ACMI