Humans of Khmer America

Heinglee Va

My name is Heinglee Va, 16, and a junior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. I am passionate about LGBTQ+ and environmental issues. In 2016, I received an ABC7 Cool Kids Award (link below) for my activism in protecting and cleaning up beaches.

My parents are survivors of the Khmer Rouge. Growing up hearing their stories makes me understand what it means to be Cambodian American. With my literacy in Khmer language (also basic knowledge of Chinese and Korean), I hope to continue contributing to the API community on the issues that matters most to me.

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