“We were forced out of our home into the direction that gunshots were directing us with.”
The first 8 years of Thear’s life were spent in war and refugee camps. When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia, her parents and 4 siblings were forced out of their homes and sent into different labor camps. Thear, too young to work, stayed with her grandmother. After 4 years under the rule of the Khmer Rouge, it’s a miracle that their entire family survived as millions of people died during this time. After the Khmer Rouge were driven out, they walked for months not knowing where to go or what would happen. They would walk during the day. Find a place to sleep on the roadside at night. Ate soup with a few grains of rice and bugs.
Thear recounts her family’s journey survival, strength and the resilience of the human spirit.
Today, Thear is Ernst and Young’s Americas Advisory Talent Leader creating a work environment for 18,000 professionals to grow their careers and build a better working world.
She is also a member of the Orchid Giving Circle, where Asian women pool their resources and leverage their networks, to award large community grants that support social change and services for the North Texas Asian community. You may contact Thear HERE.