Khao I Dang
Using archival research and oral history interviews with former UN and government officials, relief workers, and refugees, my dissertation project explores the history and legacies of Khao I Dang refugee camp (1979–93), established in Thailand by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the wake of the Cambodian genocide.
I am exploring key principles/approaches adopted in the planning, design, and construction of Khao I Dang, as well as the development and operation of major programs and services, such as education, care for unaccompanied children, family tracing, and prosthetics. More broadly, I am studying how the Cambodian relief operation in Thailand, particularly in Khao I Dang, has influenced the professionalization of UNHCR since the early eighties.
Rebuilding Khao I Dang
This project is an extension of my dissertation research and considers how Khao I Dang is remembered by former UN and government officials, relief workers, and refugees. I am developing a website (rebuildingkid.com) that will feature digital stories and related resources about the camp, as well as assembling a Rebuilding Khao I Dang collection to donate to libraries/archives.