Sichan Siv, former Ambassador to the United Nations, tells in his presentation, “From the Killing Fields to the White House”, the compelling story of fleeting Cambodia and his journey to a high-profile career in foreign policy.
Sichan Siv was nominated by President George W. Bush in October 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the 28th Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. From 2001 to 2006, he concurrently represented the United States at the U.N. General Assembly and Security Council. In June 2005, Ambassador Siv addressed the 60th anniversary of the U.N. in San Francisco, following a tradition set by Presidents Truman in 1945, Eisenhower in 1955, Johnson in 1965, Secretary of State Schultz in 1985, and Clinton in 1995.
Siv is in demand as a speaker at Wall Street investment firms, corporate groups (especially those looking to develop their business in Asia), university commencements and conferences around the country. His life story and the history, culture, and politics of Southeast Asia appeal to all interested in U.S.–Asia relations, including the 13 million Asian-Americans who now make up the fastest-growing ethnic minority in the United States. In addition to English and Khmer, Siv speaks French, Spanish, Japanese, and Thai. At every speech, audience members are profoundly moved by Siv’s inspirational life story. His memoir, Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to the White House (Harper), tells Siv’s amazing journey from certain death halfway around the world in Cambodia, to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.