Survivor of Cambodian Genocide Shares Story of Endurance and Honor

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Author Channy Chhi Laux shares the power of love in the face of horror

When the Communist-aligned Khmer Rouge asserted their regime over Cambodia in 1975, they enacted a country-wide genocide that ended in the deaths of nearly two million people. For four years, Channy Chhi Laux lived under that terrifying rule.

Towards the fall of this regime, Laux immigrated to the United States as a refugee. Now Laux shares a harrowing tale of survival in “Short Hair Detention: Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide.”

“Short Hair Detention” chronicles Laux’s experiences as a survivor of the Khmer Rouge. Complete with emotional narrative from the perspective of a young teenage girl, Laux candidly discusses her life that was dictated by fear throughout the four years she endured the Cambodian genocide.

She sheds light on the emotional toils she suffered—which stemmed from starvation and the separation from her parents—and eventually came to the United States as a refugee. Laux would go on to earn multiple degrees before launching a 30-year career as a software and systems engineer. A story of redemption, Laux’s memoir demonstrates her unwavering perseverance, faith in God, courage to move past her pain and hope that she would be reunited with her family.

“Short Hair Detention shows that an unfortunate beginning does not determine the end of one’s story,” Laux said. “Four years of living in darkness and suffering did not define the remainder of my life. What kept me sane was the love that I had for my mother, and the empowerment that they cannot control me 100%, I am free to think.”

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“Short Hair Detention: Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide”
By Channy Chhi Laux
ISBN: 9781480852945 (hardcover), 9781480852938 (softcover), 9781480852952 (e-book)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Archway Publishing

About the author
Channy Chhi Laux was just 13 when the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia. In 1979, Laux immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee. Without knowing a word of English, she attended high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, and earned two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree. Laux worked as an engineer in the aerospace and biotech industries for 30 years.

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