S.S

S.S was born on June 20, 1942, in Phnom Penh. She is a married princess of the Sisowath dynasty. The Khmer Rouge executed her first husband, a Sisowath prince in 1975. She lived in Los Angeles helping her community as a mental health practitioner. She is now assisting in humanitarian projects in Cambodia.

 

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"Cambodian women have different coping strategies. I think women are a lot wiser about discipline and try to find ways to cope will all situations. I don’t know if everyone is going to agree with me, but back in Cambodia women make most of the decisions in most situations, you know. Men are more dominant in the way that they bring in food and have an easy time of it, allowing the women to solve most of the family's problems. Poor women may not be sophisticated but they are still better able to survive than men. Under the Khmer Rouge Regime, more men died than women. Some of the women said that they survived by only thinking about saving their children. They put all their energy into trying to preserve the life of their children."

"The marriage ceremony is usually at home. But we had to go to the royal palace to celebrate; it was not a ceremony because of the royal family. We had to go get the benediction from the King and the Queen who were the parents of King Norodom Sihanouk. The marriage was in the throne room. Big event. It was a happy time, an exciting time, although for myself I was not prepared to be excited. But it was still exciting. The whole town, everybody was invited."