DeKALB – I Younan An traveled a long way to play Yahtzee.
A 21-year-old Northern Illinois University senior from Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, An grew up the only son of two tailors. His parents grew up during the Khmer Rouge regime, a period of Communist rule after the Cambodian Civil War. They also survived the Cambodian Genocide by the regime, during which almost
2 million Cambodian people were killed from 1975 to 1979.
An’s parents knew from an early age that he would not go into the family business. They poured the majority of their income into his schooling. He learned English at age 3.