Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: Season 30, Episode 5

The Girl Who Spelled Freedom (23 Feb. 1986)
"Disneyland" The Girl Who Spelled Freedom (original title)

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A Cambodian family is given sponsored immigration to the United States where one daughter becomes a spelling bee champion.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Thrash
Prissy Thrash
Phoen Yann
Kathleen Sisk ...
Laura Thrash
Margot Pinvidic ...
Susan Walden ...
Henry Turner
Jade Chinn ...
Linn Yann
Diana Ung ...
Kiev Yann
Linda Wong ...
Yieng Yann
Jasmin Tam ...
Ngor Yann
Wilson Lo ...
Chhoueng Yann
Raymond Lui ...
Hing Yann
Robert Broyles ...
Shawn Clements ...


In the mid 1970's, a young girl's family must endure a nightmarish life in her native country of Cambodia under the domination of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. But things change for the better when an American family agrees to sponsor their immigration to the United States of America. They soon prove to have some difficulty adjusting to their new home as with language barriers and survival habits that are not necessary anymore, but are hard to break. While they are learning, one of the daughters struggles harder than the others and is personally driven to become a champion contender in spelling bees. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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23 February 1986 (USA)  »

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A Tennessee Family Adopts A Cambodian Family
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A Christian family living in Tennessee puts their way of life on the line by taking a Cambodian refugee family into their home. Through differences in culture, language and the economic strain of new mouths to feed, the family struggles and adapts and helps the Cambodian family adjust to their new country. Along the way, the main character - a young girl, succeeds brilliantly. She is motivated by the fear of failure. The consequences of failure in her previous life were death. Her drive to succeed leads to her meeting President Ronald Reagan. This is a true story, An interview with the real main character after the movie shows her as a giggly American teenager...no longer the frightened waif who was forced into slave labor in her native Cambodia.

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