You Didn’t Kill Us All, You Know

In this exclusive new Moonlight Humanity, Julie Thi Underhill offers an in-depth introduction to the sometimes fraught relationship between Chăm Americans and Vietnamese Americans. She raises difficult questions, including why Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans would rather forget the conquest of the Chăm, the continuing existence of the Chăm peop...
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Islam in Cambodia

Islam is the religion of a majority of the Cham (also called Khmer Islam) and Malay minorities in Cambodia. According to Po Dharma, there were 150,000 to 200,000 Muslims in Cambodia as late as 1975. Persecution under the Khmer Rouge eroded their numbers, however, and by the late 1980s they probably had not regained their former strength. In 2009, t...
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Chams

This article is about the Cham people of Southeast Asia. For the former Albanian minority of northern Greece, see Cham Albanians. The Chams , or Cham people (Cham: Urang Campa , Vietnamese: người Chăm or người Chàm , Khmer: ជនជាតិចាម), are an ethnic group of Austronesian origin in Southeast Asia. Their contemporary population, a diaspora is co...
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Isolated Muslim Communities: Do You Know The Cham Muslims of Vietnam?

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While traveling in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, I was surprised to find Muslims in an isolated village near the Cambodian border on the Mekong River Bank. Arriving by a small boat, the group I was traveling with got off on a narrow, half rotten, wooden bridge one by one. Following the group, we were met by barefoot children who were trying t...
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