Colonial Cambodia’s ‘Bad Frenchman’, Children Stolen From Cambodia
Who are the stolen children from Cambodia? They are called Métis, children born from French and Cambodian parents during French Colonial rule in Cambodia. It is a sad and shameful time in history and the lost stories that need to be told.
Here are some statements made from a series of letters written by the country’s Résident Supérieur in Cambodia, François Baudoin, regarding what to do about the métis:
“There is no doubt that by letting the number of métis increase, we risk seeing the creation of a class of individuals who, living on the margins of both French and indigenous society, would not miss any opportunities to become a source of annoyance and embarrassment to our administration.”
Another, from 1916, reads:
“[…] we must definitively break the link which attaches these children to their Indochinese origins, and even go as far as making them lose all their memories of Indochina.”
*Quotes above gleaned from article, please read recent article to learn more about their story- The Story of Cambodia’s Stolen Children (Recent Article)
Here is a related book I’ve recently learned about and will be reading in the near future. You can purchase it in book form or download for purchase or rent through kindle.
Colonial Cambodia’s ‘Bad Frenchmen’
It is a book about the history of French Colonialism researched from Cambodian and Vietnamese archives
Here is one statement from a review of the book-The Wild West in the Far East – Surprising (sometimes shocking) history at its readable best
You can read more about the book, it’s review, and purchase it here