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New Zealand-born John Kuy

New Zealand-born John Kuy

Four-year-old John Kuy holds photographs of his sister Rotha (left) and brother Norina, whom he is about to meet for the first time. In 1980 John’s parents made the difficult decision to leave their two Cambodian-born children with their grandparents and escape across the Thai border. In 1993 John’s father Bun Rith Kuy returned to Cambodia to fetch Rotha and Norina – reuniting the family after 14 years.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 24 April 1993, p. 1
Photograph by Stephen Jaquiery

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Man Hau Liev and Rosa Chhun, 'Cambodians - Fitting in: work, community and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 June 2023)

Story by Man Hau Liev and Rosa Chhun, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 30 Mar 2015