When Nem (his nickname) was born 11 years ago in Hanoi, Vietnam, his mother, Phuong Nguyen, did not realize the extent of challenges he would present in her future. Like most mothers, she simply fell in love, and was prepared to give him everything, which, as it turns out, is exactly what she would do.
Ponheary Ly’s father was a well-respected high school teacher in Siem Reap, Cambodia, until the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975 and began killing citizens showing any form of culture or intelligence in a massive genocide that didn’t end until 1979.
Le Thi My Huong has a searing memory of leaving Vietnam when she was five. “I remember a white car and looking out the back window and watching my mother cry hysterically as we drove away.”
“I guess we are supposed to grow up, but somehow we never did,” Dionne Haroutunian says, laughing as she runs her fingers through her pink hair. This is in response to how she and her boyfriend, Mike, live: making certain life choices that allow them to spend weeks and months at a time exploring the […]