Humans of Khmer America

Paula Chea, Miss Virginia Intercontinental 2016

My name is Paula Chea and I am the current Miss Virginia Intercontinental 2016. I am proud to be the first Asian and Cambodian-American to represent Virginia in this competition on July 24th. I am 21-years-old and I attend Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Biology. I aspire to attend medical school to become a Rheumatologist. My mother is my inspiration since she has severe rheumatoid arthritis. As a Cambodian-American, I have great passion for Cambodian culture and heritage and I do believe it is important to know your roots. I do my best to speak Khmer in my household and have been practicing Cambodian traditional dancing since I was 3-years-old. I have used my platform to inform people all over the country to learn more about the Cambodian culture and also promoting my other platform at the Children’s Miracle Network.

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