Born in Battambang, Cambodia; moved to East Bay in 1984. Youth program coordinator for Cambodian Community Development, Inc. and part of the Cambodian community in Oakland's International Boulevard neighborhood.
Pho Hoa Hiep Restaurant (1402 E. 12th St., Oakland). Noodle shop and social gathering spot. "It's not the way you see noodles in Campbell's soup."
Chau Cafe (124 6th Ave., Oakland). A popular coffee shop serving freshly pressed sugarcane juice. "It's a huge place. People usually go drink coffee and play Hot Spot, a lottery game."
Angkorwat Audio and Video Systems (1633 International Blvd., Oakland). Video rental known for its selection of karaoke videos and epic television drama series imported from throughout Asia, so long that "you gotta map out your whole month for them."
San Antonio Park (1701 East 19th St., Oakland). Teenage hangout. "That's where they play basketball and volleyball, meet up and flirt with each other."
Casino San Pablo (13255 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo). Live music and party spot. "They do events like Cambodian concerts, live bands. It's a good crowd -- there's usually five hundred to a thousand people there from all over California."