Chamreun Tan: Becoming Minnesotan

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Chamreun Tan grew up primarily in Battambang City in Cambodia. He was working as a police officer in Phnom Penh City on April 17, 1975 when the Khmer Rouge came to power. He became separated from his parents and siblings and was sent to the village Phum Chhouk to work for the Khmer Rouge until 1979. He married in 1981. Tan attempted to leave Cambodia more than once and was sent back, eventually living in Thai refugee camps until coming to the United States in 1984. He held a variety of jobs in Minnesota and at the time of the interview was a financial worker for Ramsey County.

Full interview

  • Full name - Chamreun Tan
  • Age - 37
  • Date of interview - 07.30.1992
  • Generation - First Generation American / Refugee
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