From Anthony Veasna So, Glimpses of Cambodian Life in California

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By Amil Niazi

By Anthony Veasna So

Stockton, Calif., in the Central Valley of the Golden State, has among the nation’s largest populations of Cambodian Americans, with tens of thousands of refugees having arrived between 1975 and 1990 after fleeing genocide at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. The Cambodian diaspora settled across the San Joaquin Valley, whose delta and soft, warm skies felt like home. Cambodian doughnut shops, grocery stores, Buddhist temples and pharmacies now dot the valley, bridging generations and serving as rich landscapes for the fiction of Anthony Veasna So, whose posthumously published “Afterparties” collects short stories about Cambo life in Stockton.

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