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Part 2 of Cambodian immigrant Theary Kem’s story


This is the second in a series of video interviews with Theary Kem, an immigrant from Cambodia who now lives in Shoreview. Kem’s story, shown in four parts, is the first of an ongoing MinnPost video series — called Why We Are Here — featuring immigrants who tell why they left their homelands to come to Minnesota.

In part one, Kem talked about Cambodia during the war in the early 1970s. When the Khmer Rouge took over in 1975, Phnom Penh was evacuated and Kem was separated from his family and taken to a labor camp. In today’s installment, Kem describes life in the camp.

Kem’s story concludes next week with his account of escaping from the camp and his difficult journey to the United States.


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