Feature Articles

Inside Cambodia’s Community of American Exiles, by Katya Cengel, Pacific Standard
Fighting for Survival in a Foreign Homeland, by Rachel Bergen, MCC
Exiled From U.S., Cambodian Felons Use American Know-How To Get Ahead, by Katya Cengel, NPR
Cambodian-Americans Confronting Deportation, by Olesia Plokhii and Tom Mashberg, The Boston Globe Magazine
Foreign Homeland, by Matt Surrusco, The Cambodia Daily
Up To 200 Cambodian American Deportees Expected In 2018 As US Repatriates More Immigrants
Strengers in their Homeland: The KHMERICAN CAMBODIANS TRUMP Deported

Videos

My Asian Americana, Studio Revolt
Return to Sender: A Video Letter to the U.S. President, Studio Revolt
Deportation in US, forced Back to Cambodia, Al Jazeera
Cambodian Returnee's Orientation hosted by Thea Som
Meet the American Residents Exiled in Cambodia, Journeyman Pictures
Deported from U.S., Cambodians fight immigration policy, PBS NewsHour
Sentenced Home, Indiepixfilms

Every day, Sothy Kum wakes up at 6:30 a.m. to talk to his wife and their 2-year-old daughter in Wisconsin, more than 8,000 miles away from his condo in Cambodia, where he’s lived for the past nine months.

It’s 5:30 p.m. then in the Midwest, and Kum’s wife is typically just leaving work. They stay on the line for three to five hours until their daughter’s bedtime.

Those conversations have become a lifeline for Kum, 44, since he was deported to Cambodia last April. Hearing the voices of his wife and daughter helps him cope with depression as he adjusts to life in a country he left when he was 2.

PHNOM PENH—Thuch Sek’s skin is an ink-filled canvas, his Cambodian heritage and American life woven across his back and down his limbs. thug life marks his right forearm; a misspelled tattoo extolling khemer prideblankets his muscled shoulder blades. The 39-year-old was born in a Thai refugee camp to parents fleeing the Khmer Rouge, the brutal regime that in the late 1970s killed nearly a quarter of Cambodia’s population; at the age of 2, he resettled with his family in Philadelphia.

Thirty-six of 46 Cambodians convicted of crimes and set for deportation from the United States arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday.

The 36 deportees were met by police and workers from the Khmer Vulnerability Aid Organisation before being transferred into the NGO’s care.

Last week, an attorney for the group said the US Homeland Security Department was set to deport a total of 46 Cambodian refugees convicted of crimes in the US.

However, Asia Law Caucus’ Kevin Lo yesterday said his firm and another organisation managed to save some of them from deportation.

Six months after he was deported to Cambodia, a country he has never visited and a place his family fled as refugees more than three decades ago, Phorn Tem returned Friday to the United States and his waiting family.

It was a surprise to his mother, Run Nhei, who thought she was at the San Francisco International Airport to meet a Cambodian embassy official. When Tem appeared at the arrivals gate, she wept.  read full article 

US authorities will send more Cambodians who commit more than 30 US offenses to Cambodia on January 22 Coming August. Both civil society organizations and Cambodian councils know that the forced eviction of Cambodians who live in Cambodia is difficult to live by. They are separated from their families and some are hard to adapt to in a new society and culture. However, the deportation of Cambodian citizens who violate US law to Cambodia is part of the agreement between the two countries Signed in 2002.

The executive director of the unprofessional Cambodian Civic Organization (Sonec Tan) has told Asia Free that US authorities will send 30 Cambodians from Cambodia. United States in late August. However, he said that his organization had yet to receive a list of US authorities so far. Tan said that so far, there were 639 Cambodians sent back to Cambodia, including 623 men 16 people and 16 women.

He added that the challenge is that some Cambodians return to Cambodia and lack the support of American families. And in Cambodia, when you are sending back more and more. These Cambodians lack the knowledge of Khmer culture and Khmer, making it difficult for them to integrate themselves into Khmer society. Mr. Tan also said that about 20 percent of Cambodians who were repatriated had difficulty adapting. Into a society that is not considered their country. So far, the number of Cambodians sent back to Cambodia has risen to 29, with two of them being killed. Commit suicide.

 

These are the friendly folks who meet the repatriation flights on arrival at the airport in Phnom Penh, accompany them through Immigration processing and offer assistance with resettlement including temporary housing, if needed. L to R: Sarath, Song, Sam, Sonec and Sarith. Maybe we should call them the “S Team.”