NeukSrokKhmai. Sexed up. Sen&Sean&Stephen. Cambo/Teochew/Oz.
"People are fragile things, you should by now. Be careful what you put them through"
Bei/Charya/Charizard! Borng sralanh puon!
Now how to extend this tattoo…
There’s something about having a heritage that few people know about. As a Chinese-Cambodian there is this certain phenomenon that seems to have people apologise to me about the Khmer Rouge when they find out of my heritage; worst yet they may not even know of this country and assume it is in Thailand or Vietnam. The former makes me want to backhand people, the latter just leaves me speechless.
What we need is Cambodians of varying origins to be role-models. Not half naked models that do not pertain to intelligence and rather a visual aid for a man’s late night desires. We need a range of role models to show that we are taking control of ourselves and that we can grow from the hell we have experienced.
I believe we need to celebrate the beauty in our culture, respect the horror, and celebrate our potential. We need to unite as a whole community, with the realisation of our plurality as a global community that have discovered ourselves in intriguing parts of the world. We have the luck to now mesh our cultures and teach others so much.
As a first generation child of parents who experienced the regime; it is important as a first generation child to remind our parents that their fight has not been forgotten. It is our responsibility that we give others to option should they feel it is within their identity to grasp onto their Khmer roots. We need to show the elders that we thank their tenacity and their prowess; we need to show the youth how the blood of survivors are running through our veins, hence my tattoo ‘We the Survivors’.
Each migrant culture has different roles to play in breathing fresh new life into our pasts. There is so much fascination for us to taste; a world to enjoy. We need to open ourselves, cast aside our judgments and preconceived notions and delve a little deeper.
Banh hoi! Vermicelli noodles, fish and vinegar sauce, Chilli, pork belly, mint, lettuce! #khmer #cambodian #food #eat
Mee kadang! I am home! #cambodian #food #khmer #noodles
The first thing about my heritage is that you do not feel sorry for my family suffering under the Khmer Rouge.
Preah, som juy gnar pong. Som snaeha jumuy pros anuh, meur kruesa gnar, hai som chuy knyom ror tweh gah thmey
Eat away! #khmer #food #cambodian #yum
Cambodian food times! #khmer #food #FEAST
Totally forgot I had this. Mother’s chicken amok! Aw kun chran! #cambodian #food #khmer #chicken
Samlor machu kreung! #cambodian #food #khmer #dinner