My mother immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. in 1983 after escaping the Khmer Rouge genocide in her native Cambodia and living in a refugee camp in Thailand for several years. During Pol Pot’s reign in Cambodia, my mother lost many family members, including her father. In “My Mother’s Light,” I explore how my mother’s history and strength have helped shape my identity.
Photos and story: Lenee Son
Producer: Aaron Goodman
The creation of this story was supported by
The Visual Media Workshop
And Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Three photos of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
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