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 - Memoir of a Thirteen Year Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide.

Channy works with schools and other organizations to promote awareness of what happened in Cambodia and to inspire refugees in adapting to their new country.  Her efforts focus on motivating and empowering them to reach their full potential.

Recent News

3/15/2018 - Escaping the Cambodian genocide - Palo Alto Weekly

12/20/2017 - Cambodian refugee shares story with Lincoln High students - Lincoln Journal Star

12/20/2017 - Excellence In Education: Cambodia Refugee visits Lincoln High - KLKN TV

12/19/2017 - Author Presentation to ELL Students at Lincoln High School - Lincoln, Nebraska.

12/17/2017 - Hope in the killing fields - Lincoln Journal Star

10/20/2017 - Short Hair Detention published

10/14/017 - Cooking demo with Laura Stec in San Francisco

8/14/2017 - Feature article about Channy on Women of the Bay Area.

8/10/2017 - Channy has accepted the role of mother in Bitter Melons, a short film written by Thavary Krouch