Channy Chhi Laux

Channy Laux is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia.  She was thirteen-years-old when the Khmer Rouge took over the country in 1975.  From 1975 to 1979, Channy endured starvation, horrendous working conditions, sickness and repeated separations from her family.  

In June of 1979, Channy arrived in Lincoln Nebraska as a refugee.  After four years of no school and not knowing a word of English, she attended Lincoln High School; went on to earn BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University.  Channy worked in Silicon Valley as an engineer in the Aerospace and Biotech industries for 30 years.

As a strong supporter for women in engineering, Channy has been a board member of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) and held office as president of INCOSE Bay Area Chapter.

Channy is married to her college sweetheart, they have two children Natasha and Richard.  Channy is living in Fremont CA with her husband Kent Laux. She is passionate about cooking, dining, and entertaining friends.  She is the owner of Apsara Foods and author of Short Hair Detention - Memoirs of a Thirteen Year Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide.


In the News

October 14, 2014 - Cooking demo with Laura Stec in San Francisco

August 14, 2017 - Feature article about Channy on Women of the Bay Area.

August 10, 2017, Channy has accepted the role of mother in Bitter Melons, a short film written by Thavary Krouch.