Sou Family Recipes, LLC was started by two siblings that wanted the world to taste, smell and feel traditional Cambodian (Khmer which is pronounced Khmai) cuisines. As the daughter and son of genocide survivors from Cambodia, Mary and Channbunmorl (Chom) decided to tell their story through food.
Chom and Mary were born to Sam Khan Sou and Mao Ourk. Their parents had sacrificed their happiness, safety and well-being to provide a better life for their children. In the 1960’s and 70’s, there was a war within the country of Cambodia. On April 17, 1975, the entire country of Cambodia was forced into concentration camps by the Khmer Rouge. About 2 million people died from murder, starvation and torture. Sam and Mao were one of the lucky ones and survived with some family intact.
On January 17, 1979, the killings and the concentration camps stopped. Again, millions of people were displaced and many were placed in refugee camps. Although Sam and Mao’s family was placed into a refugee camp in Thailand, their struggle did not end there. Sam was nearly beaten everyday by Thai soldiers, but by November of 1984, the Sou family was lucky enough to be sponsored to go live in Portland,Oregon.
Mary and Chom grew up in Portland. Both were first generation high school graduates and also got an associate’s degree from Portland Community College. Chom was fortunate enough to go on to earn a bachelors at Portland State University and later earned a master’s degree.
Mary and Chom will always remember their family’s story because it reminds them to always be humble and to give back to their family, community and world.
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