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From Cambodia To Brevard: Determination Helps Tangs Overcome Adversity - Brevard, NC


August 7, 2017

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Joanne Tang

Joanne Tang comes from a family of very determined people. Her Chinese parents were born in Cambodia and knew each other as children growing up there. But at the age of 15, her mother escaped to Thailand just ahead of the Khmer Rouge.

In the late 1970s her father was placed in a refugee camp in Thailand and was waiting to be resettled. In 1980, in his early twenties, he came to the United States, settling in San Francisco where he worked as a chef.

Eventually, he was able to bring Joanne's mother to join him in Los Angeles, where he again worked as a chef and she made clothes at vari...

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