Brooklyn Monk in Asia: Father Francois Interview (Parts 1-5)

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2011 at 5:03 am


“Buddhism is a way to reveal God. We are all looking for the truth, by different ways, by Buddhism, by Christianity… My job as a missionary is to find what God has revealed of himself according to Buddhism.” Father Francois.

The Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo, travels to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to interview Father Francois, author of the book, “Cambodia Year Zero” His personal history of the Khmer Rouge takeover. Since 1965, Father Francois has been involved with helping the people of Cambodia. He lived under the Regime of Prince Sihanouk, endured civil war, under General Lon Nol, and was expelled by the Khmer Rouge, three weeks after the take over of Cambodia.


After his expulsion, he stayed with Khmer refugees in France, as well as in the refugee camps in Cambodia and Thailand.


Brooklyn Monk in Asia: Father Francois Interview (Part 1)


Brooklyn Monk in Asia: Father Francois Interview (Part 2)


Brooklyn Monk in Asia: Father Francois Interview (Part 3)


Brooklyn Monk in Asia: Father Francois Interview (Part 4)


Brooklyn Monk in Asia: Father Francois Interview (Part 5)






Father is an incredible linguist, fluent in French, English, and Khmer. He personally translated, into Khmer, the Bible, as well as books used for to train priests in Cambodia. He has also worked on translations of dictionaries and numerous educational resources.


Antonio says, “I have spent much of the last ten years living and studying with Buddhists and Muslims. It felt good to begin to get back to my Catholic roots. Father Francois is an incredible expert on Cambodia. He has endured nearly half a century of the joys and suffering of the Khmer people.”



Antonio Graceffo is self-funded and needs donation to continue his writing and video work. To support the project you can donate through the paypal link on his website,


Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.


Warrior Odyssey, the book chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia is available at The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at


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