Socheat Som is a former refugee from Cambodia and a survivor of the Khmer Rouge's Killing Fields. After almost two years of refugee-camp life in Thailand, he arrived in the United States in April 1981, alone, with limited knowledge of the language and culture of his host country. Since that cold April day, Socheat has worked hard to build a new chapter of life in America while he struggles to cope and reconcile with the ubiquity of his painful and tragic past. From that humble beginning, Socheat went on and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.
His articles on this site include a discussion of the characteristics which enabled Pol Pot to take control of Cambodia, and an essay on attempts to try former Khmer Rouge leaders:
He can be reached at email@example.com.