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Pete Pin: The Cambodian Diaspora

In the Killing Fields of Cambodia, 1.7 million people died as a result of state sponsored genocide throughout the late 1970s. The survivors and their descendents face the immense challenge of how to culturally rebuild and reconnect after widespread trauma; a process complicated further by refugee displacement.

Pete Pin is a Cambodian-American photographer who for years has worked to document the daily lives of Cambodian communities throughout the United States. Born in a refugee camp in Cambodia to parents who survived years of forced labor, his photo series The Cambodian Diaspora is as personally significant as it is crucial to a greater cultural understanding of the aftermath of genocide.

The Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund has featured the series in progress, and a kickstarter campaign is underway to fund further work. Next week, Tuesday, September 18th, the Half King will host a slideshow by Pete Pin of work from the series, moderated by photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally.