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Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670963

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670963.001.0001

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Lost Chapters and Invisible Wars

Lost Chapters and Invisible Wars

Hip-Hop and Cambodian American Critique

(p.149) Chapter 4 Lost Chapters and Invisible Wars
War, Genocide, and Justice

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Khmer American rapper Prach Ly, who was identified by both AsiaWeek and Newsweek as Cambodia’s “first MC.” As a practice and a movement born out of civil rights and people of color movements, hip-hop provides Cambodian American artists such as Ly an established, persuasive vocabulary of resistance and revision. The chapter assesses the issue of Cambodian American critique, which encompasses both in-country and country of asylum politics. It investigates the progressive politics and unadulterated critiques at work in Ly’s Dalama: Memoirs of an Invisible War, his most overtly political album to date.

Keywords:   Prach Ly, hip-hop, resistance and revision, Cambodian American critique, asylum politics, progressive politics, Dalama

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