Cambodian survivor tells dramatic story of ‘Good Fortune’

Sieu Sean Do says his new book “A Cloak of Good Fortune” is different from other memoirs by people who survived atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge.

“I believe my story is very unique. Many Cambodian writers only talk about the killing fields. Other Cambodian books don’t talk about traditional culture,” says Do, 56. “I’m publishing to help a generation to understand, to share a beautiful traditional culture that was uprooted by war and disappeared.”

Do, who lives in The City and has worked for 21 years in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office assisting fraud victims, released his book, subtitled “A Cambodian boy’s journey from paradise through a kingdom of terror,” in November, and is slated to speak on Friday at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

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