Every Khmer has a nickname that supposedly defines his or her characteristic or personality, so my parents call me Sros. I was born in Pailin, Cambodia during the civil war between the Khmer Republic and the Democratic Kampuchea. The former was backed by the United States of America while the latter was backed by communist Vietnam, China, and Russia. After having lived under the iron hand of the Khmer Rouge for almost four years and after Vietnam invaded Cambodia, my family fled to the refugee camps. My father applied for sponsorship to the first world countries. We received three replies: one from New Zealand and two from the United States of America. We boarded a giant metal bird on September 21, 1981 to Chicago, Illinois.
I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor degree in Political Science. I also studied in Rome, Italy for one semester. [I am so excited. Today, February 20, 2010, I received a letter of admission to attend Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies for MA in Creative Nonficton!]
In my adulthood, I yearned to know about my family's pasts. I inquired my parents, relatives, acquaintances, and family friends about them. Thereafter, I turned their collections of memories into my first book called The Immortal Seeds: Life Goes for a Khmer Family.
You can purchase a copy from the following major online stores: Amazon.com; barnesandnoble.com, and wheatmark.com. Thank you.