Cambodian Women Oral History Project
Hear first hand accounts of momentous events in our history in the words of New Zealand women who arrived here as Cambodian refugees, beginning in 1980.
Ten in-depth oral history interviews with Cambodian women who came to New Zealand as refugees after escaping from Cambodia during the period of civil war and genocide. The interviewees, all Khmer, were born between 1920 and the 1950s in different circumstances and regions of the country. They talk about their lives in Cambodia before the Pol Pot regime, living through the Vietnam War, the civil war, genocide and the refugee camps. The women arrived in New Zealand between 1980 and 1990 and describe the process of getting here and of adjusting to life in New Zealand. The interviews are recorded in Khmer, the women’s first language, and have been transcribed and translated into English.