Social War By Briana, ellie, rey, lindsay, and joe

Table of Contents


"The Social Classes in Cupcakes" Briana Decorated cupcakes

"How Foolish a Peasant" Ellie Poem

"Crisis in Cambodia: A JNN special report" Joe Newscast

"So Little Yet so Big" Rey A Heroes Journey Story

"Rich, Ripped, Robbed" Lindsay Paintings

"A Princess of Poor" Ellie Poem

Works Cited

In a country torn apart by tragedy, only few discover the will to survive. Seven year old Raami lives among a time of war and suffering, losing not only her hope, but also her family ties. As war rages on, the Khmer Rouge invades the lives of Cambodian innocents and destroys the hope of all. Suffering, Raami and her family attempt to understand “the rigors of [their] reincarnation from city people to peasants.” Once royalty, the family must now learn to find peace as they hold onto the hope that safety will soon return.

The Cambodian revolution began in the 1970’s. In this time, there were the same pre-revolution social classes as what are portrayed in our book. Within the time of the war there were two classes, the elite (or upper class) and the lower class. The two classes are defined in our book as royals - like Raami’s family - and peasants. Though social classes once seemed so important, the war flips the system upside down. People like Raami and her family soon realized how quickly war could destroy the importance of the social structure in their country. After years of living through chaos, it becomes clear that social ranking means nothing in the face of war. Many people would see that Cambodia is a country without means, but in actuality the classes of Cambodia are a more defined type of hierarchy. In trying to explain the background info on social classes within Cambodia, I will be creating cupcakes in a triangle formation to represent the social class and their differences. With the cupcakes I am going to decorate the cupcakes to represent each social class. A news report that was broadcast in the heat of the Cambodian Revolution will explain the impact that the war had on the lower class people of Cambodia. Poetry is a powerful literary tool used to display the triumphs and trials of life. Through the entire novel, readers feel the raw emotions of each character's struggles. With creating the artistic product I chose to create a painting that shows who's in the upper class, and how the war affects them. For my artistic product I am going to a hero story on the middle class of Cambodia and how a little girl was affected by the war.

The Social Classes in Cupcakes

In my artistic product "The Social Classes in Cupcakes" I am creating cupcakes in a pyramid shape to represent each of the three social classes within Cambodia. First the highest class in Cambodia is called the upper or elite class. For them I am going to make a red velvet cupcake with a cream cheese frosting. Then I am going to decorate the cupcakes with these edible pearls to make pearl necklaces and different jewelry with them. With decorating the cupcakes in the pearls it represents that the upper class would be able to buy a very expensive cupcake. Also I decorated them with the jewelry to represent that they wear a lot of jewelry in the upper class. For the middle class I am making a chocolate base cupcake and putting vanilla icing on the cupcakes. Then I am going to put a Hershey kiss on the middle of the cupcakes to represent that the middle class being able to get a more expensive cupcake but not as expensive as the upper class could purchases. In representing the lower class in my cupcakes I am going to make just a plain white cupcake base. Then I am going to decorate the cupcakes by just putting plain white icing on the cupcakes. In representing the lower class with the plain cupcake it shows that they are not able to buy or purchase a cupcake with anything on it for the amount of money they are making as a farmer most.

How Foolish A Pesant

The laughter of innocence

ends with the unmistakable ring of a gunshot.

Blue skies turn dark as the clouds retreat -

streaks of indigo staining everything.


Before this you were nothing.

You lived like the dirt beneath their feet -

building your life in a field of ruins.

Begging for pity, as the lowest of the lows.


Unskilled they called you.

Worthless they meant.

Pulling plows ‘til your hands would bleed

and the scars never free to heal.


Go they told you.

Go and get help.

A faceless word will be your savior,

the “organization” will surely provide.


Oh you have family?

Forget them, they’ll take care of each one.

Children? Not important.

Turn your back and they’ll be gone.


You grew up knowing knowledge was power.

But when power was threat

you learned that life was uneasy

and each day was like hell.


But wisdom was not placed in your plan

for they sorted you into a pile

at the bottom of the pyramid

and hoped they’d never see your face.


Now they called you,

raising peasants to people, switching foreign places.

They gave you a chance to be more.

The organization, it needs you... it needs you.


And freedom echoed in the corner of your brain

a word so powerful that you could taste it

among the dust and fire of the war raging

outside your pitiful muddy hut.


Suddenly you were something,

you were needed.

The organization provided your reincarnation.

War reversed fates, but destroyed every ounce of joy.


Instead of waiting for death to find you

you waited to claim the dead.

You revolutionary,

how dare you play them as a fool.

So Little Yet So Big

From a family of high class, morals, values and high standards to nothing but bystanders in a war. Raami a seven year old little girl that has the mind and experience of a seventy year old is one of those bystanders and her family is heavily affected by the war. For someone her age she has witnessed a lot especially for being behind a wall all her life. Having only knowing the words of her fathers poem to seeing her family members crying, dying and murder happening all around her. She quickly learns that the world is not really what it seems and she and her family have to adapt to the new life of being people being at the bottom.

After the war, in the garden thinking about how things are going to be much different and better than before. Then she hears loud bangs and screaming coming from the gate. As a child she's not supposed to open the gate, but the person threatened to kill everyone inside so she grabbed a stool and opened the gate. Her dad came to see all the commotion and the person at the door was a child soldier. He pointed a gun at them and explained that the war isn't over and that they have to leave really soon or they would be killed. He lied and said they could come back in a couple days but they didn't even know he was lying at the time. So they packed there most important and valuable materials, got in the car and started to head to a checkpoint that only them and her uncle knew about. They all planned to meet there and move on from there.

As they were headed out the city she witnessed an old man being shot and killed. People running for their lives, little children selling goods. When her family met up with their very muscular uncle and started to head for where the soldiers told them to go. On their way a child soldier disrespected big uncle and spit on his face! How can someone do that and feel good after doing that's? Raami saw the look on his face and could understand that he started to feel sorry for him and he left the family alone.

The family was brought to a temple where it looked liked it was deserted. They quickly went to find a good stop to stay and sleep. There were other citizens there and they noticed that there were monks still at the temple. Raami and her father met a janitor that recognized her dad and is a fan of his poetry. The janitor then explained what happened to a everyone and the monks. The people were forced out of here home and the monks refused so they were killed. Raami's dad later became a monk and her little sister became sick. Her father is killed and right when she thinks her litter sister is getting better she dies to. Raami takes big blows during her childhood but thanks to her fathers poems and stories they keep her hopes up.

Most if not all children couldn't handle what Raami is going through during this time period of her life. She understands that life is short but it still has many wonders. Her father taught her many stories that keep her mind positive and looking over all the negatives in her life. She is one of the youngest in the family but through the war she is the most sane person, she's the real mvp.

Rich, Ripped, Robbed

This painting represents the high class in Cambodia before the revolution. According to; Buddhist monks and nuns, high-ranking government officials and members of royalty belonged to the first class. To show their wealth women would wear all their gold and jewelry; my painting shows this by the queen wear a gold crown, a necklace and has gold on her dress. Also the monks we very respected by all.

This painting represents the Cambodian revolution, this happened during the late 1970 and it affected all three social classes. I used different colors to represent the different classes. I used gold paint to represent the high class; a lot of people who were originally in the first class may have been moved due to the revaluation. I used blue to represent the middle class; Cambodia had a very small middle class but never the less the were still affected by the war. I used a bright red to represent the low class; the low class had no way to move up on the social class scale. I used black to represent the Khmer Rouge soldiers; they didn't belong to just one social class because of different positions in the war

This painting represents post revaluation and how the war affected the high class. Due to the war nearly 25,000 Buddhist monks and nuns were killed, I represented this by adding blood where the monk was supposed to be. Most royals were completely down graded to the low class, I represented this by completely changing the look of the queen. After the people were forced to leave their home they moved from place to place, the cuts and ripped clothing show how harsh the travel was. I removed all of the gold and made her hair shorter because a lot of the royals had to pretended to be in the lower classes due to not knowing what would happen to them if they revealed who they really were. The teardrop represents how many people lost love ones. The people tried to avoid the color black as much as they could because it reminded them too much of the war.

Princess of Poor

The pearly gates glimmered

and the sun tore through your window.

Catch the butterflies as they flutter

feel the grass tickle bare toes.


Awake to the morning

life and beauty hand in hand

and begin the day with gladness

as you admire the world you’ve been given.


Seven years old and a royal

wiser than most

and stronger than anyone

could have possibly know.


Hurry little one it’s time to feast

come and sit at the table.

Remember this always as

your father’s words he pens for you.


The banyan tree with it’s precious shade -

one day it’s twisted vines would mean so much more

as you sat on the rubble beneath

the realm of something you once called safety.


You grew up knowing knowledge was power.

But when power was a threat

you learned that life was uneasy

and each day was like hell.

Your brightness was dulled in hues

of darkness and the light inside your soul

was destined to be squelched.

For everything became nothing, and nothing everything.


The crown was a joke, a lie, and game

for if anyone really knew your history

you’d certainly not live through the day.

Your home was destroyed and the beauty of life was a blaze.


Status was not something to boast

when the war came in it was better to hide.

Hide everything away, tell nothing

and lie to live.


They may take you from the top to the bottom

but they will never steal your integrity

Because at the end of the day the pile of bones

beside you will always be your family.


You watched death watched life and got lost along the way

but in the end nothing mattered about classes or rank.

Though you lived, they had killed you in all the areas it hurt most

you were a princess living in a peasant's body.


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