Nair Interview – Podcast April 1, 2019

Trying To Make Sense Of Violence. Democratic Perspective hosts Steve Williamson, Mike Cosentino and Klaus von Stutterhem welcome professor Sheila Nair from Northern Arizona University. An expert on Southeast Asia, she has studied the effects of the genocide in Cambodia and the French and American wars in Vietnam. Nair says one of her goals was to speak about past violence. She began her research at Tuol Sleng, a former secondary school and prison in Phnom Penh that is now a museum, to determine how people remember the genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge during which more than a million Cambodians died – 25 percent of the population. Nair also discusses the aftermath of Vietnam and how the trauma is narrated differently in that country than in the US.

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