Humans of Khmer America

Victoria Vann

Hi, my name is Victoria Vann and I am actor in the Bay Area.

I grew up in Lowell, MA but relocated to California two years ago to pursue my creative dream. I definitely grew up with a strong sense of Khmer culture and values, but was raised to make my own way. Sometimes Asian cultures are oppressing to women, but I never let that stop me from speaking my mind.

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a BA in political science and a minor in German. As a teenager and college student, I interned/worked for government agencies and individual candidate’s campaigns. I wanted to be President of the US when I grew up, but after graduating college, my vision changed to pursue something more creative.

It’s always been very important for me to not forget who I am and who my parents are. Even though I don’t live near a bunch of Cambodian people anymore, I stay in touch online, go to events, and eat Cambodian food when I can find it

I do lifestyle modeling professionally and model outfits of clothes I love for fun on Instagram. All kinds of work are available for those pursuing an on-camera acting career, and lifestyle kind of modeling is just one of the many options for work in the industry. So even though I didn’t pursue modeling, sometimes it comes with being an actor.

My role model is my mother who never stopped believing in me and my fiancé who support me in everything I do.

I love being outside–hiking, biking, swimming and I’m also a singer/musician. I play guitar and piano I used to play hymns in Khmer at church back in Massachusetts.

One thing I love about Khmerican is that it keeps me up to date on any Khmer news and features other Khmer people doing awesome things, which is so encouraging.

Back in 2007, I went to Cambodia with a Korean and German mission group from church. The most memorable moment I had there was one night after performing music at a large gathering in the countryside. After my performance, a very poor lady gave me a bag of fruits to thank me for singing for them. I cried so much because she was so poor. I didn’t want anything from her or anyone else attending, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer. I was really touched by her hospitality.

Ten years from now I see myself representing Cambodians on TV and film. There are too many of us now not to be seen in entertainment.

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