A Bay Area mother and daughter are leading the way, as an explosion of new music is coming out of Cambodia after being silenced for years.
Laura Mam did not set out to become a Cambodian pop singer-songwriter. But then, the UC Berkeley anthropology graduate grabbed her guitar one day at her San Jose home 12 years ago.
“I remember thinking, ‘I’d really love to see an original music song but I don’t know how to write on Khmer,’ so I asked, ‘Hey, Mom, do you want to write a song together? Do you want to try it?'” Mam remembered.