Monday, May 16, 2011

Who I Became: Violent, Dangerous, And Welfare Dependant

That is the story of immigrants in America. No, not just violent, dangerous, misogenist, Islamist Afghan immigrants. Not violent racist haters of America like Puerto Rican immigrant terrorists. But Cambodian immigrants: Violent, dangerous, rage filled, drug dealing, lazy, and welfare dependant. All thanks to LBJ and RMN for loosing the Vietnam War. Yeah, they both did. But back to the ever giving gift of immigration, the Chea family:

The second of two men shot and killed during a brawl that broke out during a birthday party in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood was identified today as 21-year-old Pacific Som.

Som and Rathanak Chea, 26, both of San Francisco, were killed and Chea's brother Pounloue Chea, 30, was wounded when gunfire broke out at the Holly Courts public housing project on the 100 block of Appleton Avenue at about 7:20 p.m. Saturday, authorities and family members said.

Police have revealed few details, but neighbors said the shooting came as the result of a fight at a birthday party.

A man was being beaten up by four men when a friend of the victim fired a gun into the air, presumably to scare the assailants, said a neighbor who declined to give her name because she feared for her safety.

Friends of the assailants then converged on the scene and began firing back, she said.
Police said they had detained several people at the scene, but did not elaborate.

Veasna Chea, 32, said his brother Rathanak was not a gang member and "did not deserve" this. He said he did not know who Som was and that Som may have been part of a different group.

Veasna Chea acknowledged that his other brother, Pounloue Chea, had a previous brush with the law.

In 2006, Pounloue Chea was arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing of a Pacifica man in a dispute over a parking space on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco. Pounloue Chea, the alleged getaway driver, was acquitted of murder but was convicted of misdemeanor assault.

The Chea family fled the Khmer Rouge in the 1980s. They were featured in 2003 in a 20-minute documentary film, "Who I Became," about the life of Asian immigrants in the Tenderloin.

Chronicle staff writer Matthai Kuruvila contributed to this report.

What the reporter Kuruvila did not tell you, and for obvious reasons, Who I Became was the story of a violent, hate-filled, drug dealing criminal, blaming everyone but himself for the problems that were a result of his bad life choices, alot of it imitating the social pathology of black Americans.

"Who I Became" is the story of Pounloeu Chea, a first generation Cambodian American. As a child, Pounloeu escaped the Khmer Rouge with his family and fled Cambodia to settle in San Francisco in the early 1980s. Four years ago Pounloeu's father returned to Cambodia, leaving his wife and three sons. Last year his mother returned, leaving Pounloeu to find his own way in America. Without his parents, Pounloeu becomes a parent, gets in trouble with the law, and confronts being sent back to Cambodia. This program is directed by a young Cambodian filmmaker, Michael Siv, and Aram Collier, and explores how this community grapples with their Asian and American identities, and the circumstances of their displacement, immigration and settlement.

Of course, their "American" identity was that of a ghetto thug; not responsibility, honesty, thrift, loyalty, patriotism, etc. Assimilating downward was clearly a life altering decision, especiall for the two now dead. The price of bad decisions. Of course the Good Book states clearly that the penalty for sin is death. But why are we taking the decision to let people like this in. Especially since the Cheas pere and mere went back to Cambodia?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Had you watched "How I Became," you would have known that Pounloeu did try really hard to leave the street life behind him. The film shows him getting up at 4 AM every day for months to get to a construction job training program that started before the morning bus service was running. At that time, Pounloeu's life did demonstrate the values you describe in your post -- "responsibility, honesty, thrift, loyalty" -- even though his parents' difficulties had left him homeless and mentorless for much of his childhood.

I'm sorry he wasn't able to maintain that momentum. Boris Albinder, the 2006 stabbing victim, looks to have been a stand-up guy in the wrong place at the wrong time: