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.