Summary: An oral history with Charlie Lam, born in 1960 in rural Cambodia, near Sihanoukville. He is a 2nd generation ethnic Chinese, where his grandparents migrated to Cambodia from Hainan, China. When he was 12, he and his family migrated to Kien Giang, Vietnam to live with his aunt. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he escaped with his aunt’s family by boat and arrived in Thailand. Through family sponsorship, they made their way to Camp Pendleton, San Diego. He discusses his hardship of readjusting to a new life in California as an orphan. After not graduating high school, Charlie was constantly moving around trying to figure out life. Eventually, he started his own bakery business and opened a store in Echo Park, Los Angeles in 1999. He has three children and lives in Echo Park, California with his wife.
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Publisher: University of California, Irvine Libraries. Southeast Asian Archive. Irvine, California 92623-9557.