Channy Chhi Laux recently gave a presentation to refugee students at Lincoln North Star High School. She shared her story of escaping the ruthless Khmer Rouge regime and the ensuing Cambodian genocide. The refugee students listened to a story of heartache and redemption, a story not too unlike their own in many cases.
In 1979, Chhi Laux was a refugee traveling to a strange place – meeting new people and learning a completely different language. She told the students about what it was like coming to America.
“It was so different, it was like a strange heaven,” Chhi Laux said.