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Sophia Ngor, Executive Director
Sam Waterston, Honorary President
 



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May 14, 2017
 
Contact: Sophia Ngor, Executive Director,
The Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation
SophiaNgor@HaingNgorFoundation.Org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
   


It is with a heavy heart that we announce the retirement of Jack Ong, from his position as Executive Director of the Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation effective immediately.

Jack worked directly with Dr. Ngor in 1991 to establish the Foundation, and we have been blessed to have him at the helm for many years. Jack has worked tirelessly to promote the Foundation in order to generate awareness of our mission. Jack's dedication to the Foundation, and to his dear late friend, have been nothing less than amazing. His presence at the Foundation will be greatly missed, and we can't thank him enough for his years of service with us.

Enjoy a much needed rest, and a wonderful retirement, blessed friend!

 

Sophia Ngor,
Executive Director

 
 
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October 6, 2007
 
 Contact: Jack Ong, Exec. Dir.,
 The Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation
 jack@jackong.com  310-392-6265

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
“Cambodia: 32 Years After the Killing Fields” is scheduled at the Student Union Ballroom from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, sponsored by the Sociology Dept., Sociology Student Assn., Cambodian Student Society and Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society.
 
 The free event will showcase a number of new short films and a panel discussion about present day Cambodia and the progress it is making three decades after the Khmer Rouge regime that devastated the Southeast Asian country during and after the Vietnam War, according to Kelly Wolfe, SSA president.
 
 “Following a year of planning, we’re excited to offer such an important event,” Wolfe said. “We feel this ‘Focus on Cambodia’ can be instrumental in educating and enlightening the campus community about the current situation in this nation that is still recovering from the effects of genocide and civil war. There are widespread problems sociologically on many levels, and the United Nations is only now backing a tribunal to bring Khmer Rouge leaders to justice for crimes against humanity.”

In addition to the pre-release film screenings and panel discussion,
 “Cambodia: 32 Years After the Killing Fields” will also feature ethnic Khmer classical "pinpeat" music by the Pich Keo Sambath Family of khmerculturalcenter.org and the Ho Chan Ensemble, dances by The Spirit of Khmer Angkor, and a book signing by Navy Phim, author of the recently published “Reflections of a Khmer Soul.”
 
Panel discussion moderator and event producer is actor-activist Jack Ong, who has appeared in such movies as “Art School Confidential,” “Akeelah and the Bee” and “National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers, and such TV shows as “The Simpsons,” “Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” “ER” and “California Dreams.”
 
 Ong is executive director of The Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation, which he co-founded with the Oscar-winning Cambodian star of “The Killing Fields.”
 
 “With Long Beach being the home of America’s largest Cambodian population, Cal State is the ideal setting for this upcoming event,” Ong said. “The Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation commends Professors Leakhena Nou and. Teri Yamada and their student leaders for their interest and efforts. Thanks to them, Cal State will have the distinction of putting the spotlight on a situation that deserves the world’s attention.”
 
CSULB student coordinators for the Oct. 20 event are Mimi Acosta, Diana Chea, Stefani Clark, Sally Mounlasy, Samoeut Nak and Kelly Wolfe.
“Cambodia: 32 Years After the Killing Fields” – funded in part by Associated Students, Inc., of Cal State Long Beach -- is also presented by Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, Asian Pacific Islander Network, Yadunandan Centre for India Studies, Campus Progressives, Philosophy Student Assn. and Psychology Student Assn., all CSULB organizations; Dar Seng and IN4Peace.org, Lakewood High School Key Club, Khmer Girls in Action and the Health Net Insurance Co.
 
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FEB. 25 MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF OSCAR WINNER’S MURDER

New Edition of Haing S. Ngor Autobiography Includes Update from Oscar to Homicide

 
Eight years ago, on the night of Feb. 25, 1996, the world was shocked by the murder of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, the Oscar-winning Cambodian gynecologist who had survived four years of forced labor and starvation in the “killing fields” of his homeland, only to be killed in a botched robbery outside his apartment in Los Angeles. The multi-lingual Dr. Ngor had escaped from Cambodia to the refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border in 1979, made his way to America and, while working as an interpreter at the Chinatown Service Center in Los Angeles, was encouraged to audition for a role in Warner Bros.’ “The Killing Fields.” Although he had no training as an actor, Dr. Ngor’s natural and charismatic portrayal of fellow countryman and holocaust survivor Dith Pran won him the 1985 Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. He continued his acting career, became an American citizen, and wrote (with Roger Warner) a best-selling autobiography, “A Cambodian Odyssey.” He also established a nonprofit foundation in his own name to support various humanitarian causes.

At the time of his death, The Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation had built a number of orphanages and schools in Cambodia, and provided medical supplies throughout Southeast Asia. On Feb. 25, 1996, Dr. Ngor was shot to death in the carport of his Los Angeles home. Three former gang members are currently serving prison sentences for the crime. A new edition of Dr. Ngor’s autobiography has just been published by Robinson division of London’s Constable & Robinson. Newly titled “Survival in the Killing Fields,” this edition includes an epilogue by Roger Warner, who updates Haing Ngor’s story from Oscar night to his murder. Warner covers the murder trial and provides an in-depth look at Dr. Ngor’s post-Oscar life in Hollywood as well as his controversial activities in Cambodia.

 
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