My intention was to do a bit of talking head interview with Kosal and put together a greeting video for his website. (SpokenKosal.com). Then I realized I had never done this talking head Q&A thing in my life. We tried some bits but didn't come out all that good. So we walked around the Independence monument to see if we could find another spot. Then Kosal started singing. Then we were like... "Let's do that instead of this Q&A stuff." So we captured his impromptu singing and I thought it was beautiful.
So allow me to present a piece of video, that is basically unedited. I'm normally a heavy handler when it comes to finishing, but I thought otherwise this time. I thought this clip captured the energy of the moment right. I hope you enjoy it. (Masahiro, 01/25/2012)
This is a video letter addressed to the President of the United States of America, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Supreme Court from a group of Khmer Exiled Americans (K.E.A.s).
This video letter was filmed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on March 7th, 2012.
This video was intended to be shown at "Champions of Change" event at the White House in April.
Our previous video "My Asian Americana" was a finalist for the White House AAPI's "What's Your Story" video contest. We won the highest popular votes by a landslide. But the White House decided to disregard the votes and silence our voice in this election year. They formally refused to invite our movement's representative to the event.
Despite the fraudulent treatment, we seek to inform the public of the devastating effects of so called "criminal alien deportation" which allows no appeal in the court. Many of the deportees, whom we began to call "exiles", were living respectable lives after their incarceration, having their own business, going to school, starting their own family.
And one day, I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would come pick them up, detain them in some cases up to 2-3 years without any charge or trial, and send them back to their supposed homeland, like Cambodia, leaving wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, and their young children in utter financial and psychological devastation. Often these K.E.A.s (Khmer Exiled Americans) had never seen Cambodia until they were escorted off the airplane by the agents at the Phnom Penh International Airport.
Please ask the White House why they try to silence this issue in manners that do not honor democracy.