HOF012: Ly Mao
Ly Mao was born in Phnom Penh and moved to Battambang in 1972. During the Khmer Rouge regime, he faced persecution and starvation. At one point and without notice, he was sent to the place of execution to meet his demise but an abrupt faction change occurred and he was spared. He was ordered to bury corpses of those executed by the Khmer Rouge, where he became witness to countless executions and found himself mentally and physically in disarray. He came to Canada in 1983 and embraces many memories of his arrival. He once worked as a catering chef, but now runs his own successful cleaning company. He appreciates the hospitality Canadians have given him and his fellow newcomers during their settlement.