Welcome to America: The Art of Being Khmer in Philadelphia

Leendavy Koung (Vy), a member of Philadelphia’s Cambodian refugee community, narrates this video where she shares the role of folk arts in her own life. Her stories and reflections about surviving the Khmer Rouge regime, coming to America, and dancing and playing music within the Cambodian community provide an eloquent commentary on how people actively define their identity in a “third” land. Photographs from local Cambodian families provide vivid images of peoples’ everyday lives here and in Cambodia.