Randy is a 2nd generation queer Khmer - Vietnamese American. His father was a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide, having served in the US embassy in both Cambodia and Thailand. His mother was a survivor of the Vietnam War.
Inspired by his family’s experiences as war refugees, Randy took an interest in helping those less fortunate and marginalized. He taught English in South Korea for 3 years, became a volunteer leader for a local orphanage and domestic violence shelter in Busan. Returning to Chicago, Randy became an immigrant rights organizer, connecting with other Asian American communities on the issues of immigration rights, citizenship and civic engagement. He is also involved in senior care, LGBTQ issues, and advocating for the rights of Asian-Americans. As part of Khmer Support Giving Circle(KSGC), he mentored younger Khmer-Americans.
His passion includes writing, storytelling, social media, advocating, traveling, and relationship-building with communities and organizations. Randy is a BA graduate of English from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).