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Vaddey Ratner

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Vaddey Ratner was five years old when the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975. Having endured four years under the brutal regime, she arrived in the United States in 1981 as a refugee not knowing English and eventually went on to graduate summa cum laude from Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.

Photograph by Kristina Sherk

Vaddey Ratner

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Vaddey Ratner was five years old when the Khmer Rouge came to power in 1975. Having endured four years under the brutal regime, she arrived in the United States in 1981 as a refugee not knowing English and eventually went on to graduate summa cum laude from Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.

Photograph by Kristina Sherk

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Transforming Tragedy into Art

Vaddey Ratner discusses IN THE SHADOW OF BANYAN, her novel depicting her family's unimaginable experience during the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s.

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