This interview was recorded after TEDxKL 2013, Kum Gheng spoke to Kosal Khiev.
Born in a Thai refugee camp, Kosal Khiev’s family fled to the United States in 1981. Kosal’s family left the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge war for the promise of peace and prosperity in America. Instead of the American dream, Kosal’s family lived in grim public housing with scarce social services. Kosal Khiev admits to making poor choices as a teenager that led him into more violence, poverty, and eventually prison. At the age of 16, he was arrested in a gang fight and charged with attempted murder. Kosal Khiev was tried as an adult and sentenced to 16 years in a state penitentiary.
In the interview, Kosal shared his innermost thoughts and his emotion of been separated from his family. Stay tune till end and Kosal recite one of his piece entitled The Sound of Broken Chains.
For more on Kosal, head on to his site www.spokenkosal.com