Q. What was your life like growing up? How was your relationship with your parents?
We had a great relationship; our family was very close, bonded. I had a total of nine in my family, and I’m in the middle. We were born and raised in Cambodia, in Phnom Penh, in a business family.
Q. Was there anyone, in your family or a neighbor, whowas an influential role model?
Yes, my dad. He is my role model. He is my mentor. He is somebody I look up to. Who I am today is because of him.
Q. When you were younger, was there anything about you or your family that set you apart from the rest of your community?
No. Until the age of thirteen it never crossed my mind something would happen in Cambodia. Unfortunately, it did happen, and Iwas devastated. I was lost. I was thirteen when war began. April seventeenth, 1975. I had been born and raised in the city, in a very educated family, a business family. They took us from the city and made everyone go to the countryside. We go back to zero. They wiped out all education, all doctors and professors. That way we could all be laborers and work on