Vibol Sok was just 5-years-old when he was brought to America in 1981 by his mother and several other family members, fleeing from genocide and the Khmer Rouge, which had separated his father from the family.
He never learned the Khmer language well, as he grew up riding bikes and playing with Transformers and G.I. Joes in The Acre neighborhood.
“He’s the most American person in our family,” said a cousin, Sophea Prum, who has long thought of Sok as a brother. “He doesn’t speak (Khmer). He collects Hot Wheels and drives a Cadillac.”