Walking Away from the Killing Fields: How a Hopeless Boy Became a University Professor in Japan

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Nophea Sasaki's father was executed, and later his sister died of starvation in 1977. But this still didn't weaken his aspirations. On the contrary, it made him stronger and with a steel determination, he became an Associate Professor at University of Hyogo in 2004. This book tells a story about Nophea's determination to overcome his childhood's fear and pursue and accomplish his dreams. It is a book about courage, determination and hope. In circumstances that would make most human beings give up the desire of life, Nophea decided he would make a difference. He would leave his fingerprint on this world and will share his story and the fact that even when there is no hope and all seems to be in darkness, with determination and ambition, you can fulfill your most unreachable dreams. This book also explains the reader step by step how to become a university professor. It teaches the reader with real life experiences and examples how to bring their dream to realization.

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Nophea Sasaki was born in 1973 in Kampot, a southwest town in Cambodia. As the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot took power in 1975, Nophea and his family along with many others were forced to migrate to work in the jungles where so-called Angka houses and training camps were constructed. His father was executed two years later because of the regime's desire to abolish former ways of (educated) thinking and establish new leadership rules. Nophea's younger sister died of starvation in 1977. After the Vietnam invasion to topple the Khmer Rouge in 1979, his family returned to Kampot, and then moved to the Kandal province. He lost two of his family members during this brutal regime. He spent a year in an asylum center with his brother and two remaining sisters, and other children whose parents were executed or deceased. Although the family had nothing but courage, Nophea was able to finish his Bachelor's degree in 1994, a Master's degree in 1999 and a Doctoral degree in 2002. He spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow in Germany before returning to Japan where he was offered an associate professor position. As gratitude for his Japanese experience, he took citizenship in that country in 2006. More details can be found here at http://www.nophea.net

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