"Refugee Lifeworlds: The Afterlife of the Cold War in Cambodia" (Temple UP, fall 2022, forthcoming) is a book that investigates how the Cambodian refugee archive pushes back against the ongoing legacies of the Cold War in Cambodia. The book routes questions about disability and refugee personhood through the afterlife of war and genocide in Cambodia, centring the kapok tree as a Khmer onto-epistemology of refugee being and survival. The book blends scholarly analysis with fragments of family anecdotes, crafting a form of autotheory to address the gaps in theory and knowledge where conventional academic language fails.
"Refugee Worldmaking: The Vietnam War in Canadian Literature" is a forthcoming guest-edited special issue of the journal Canadian Literature (Issue 246). The issue includes scholarly essays, book reviews, and two forum discussions--all which aim to recast the discussion about the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos through a Southeast Asian / Southeast Asian Canadian refugee lens.
"#RefugeesWelcome" is a short narrative film co-directed by Y-Dang Troeung and Alejandro Yoshizawa through Landbridge Media Lab. The film tells the story of the longest NHL game 7 overtime hockey games in Canadian history--known as "The Easter Epic," which took place on April 18, 1987 (between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals). The film tells this story through the eyes of one Cambodian refugee family in small-town Goderich, Ontario, also known as "Alice Munro Country."
"Remembering Cambodian Border Camps, 40 Years Later" The following forum essay derives from the exhibition “Remembering Cambodian Borders, 40 Years Later,” which took place from July 1, 2021 to September 31, 2021 between Vancouver, Phnom Penh, Paris, London, and Lowell. A collaboration between myself and Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh (founded by critically acclaimed Cambodian director Rithy Panh), the exhibition emerged in response to what has been heralded as “Cambodia’s artistic renaissance” or “Khmer Renaissance.”
All material © Y-Dang Troeung, 2021