FAMILY / FRIEND
Theary Seng with family at Visal Hok and Abraham Chuang's wedding. Southern California, 2005.
The loveliest, godliest couple whom I called "godparents", how they lavished love and generosity upon me - Marge and Wally Boelkins, here at their Hidden Ridge estate (see, A Love Story). A few days after Dream of Darfur with Mia Farrow event at Tuol Sleng and a brief visit to Siem Reap with the delegation (where we were shocked to read in the Bangkok Post (!) of the government accusing Mia and me of scaling the Tuol Sleng walls and attempting to break in! - a pathetic attempt to clean up the public relations mess in our favor), Marge passed away among all her children and grandchildren in Michigan and I immediately booked the next flight to attend the funeral; but the unfortunate sequencing of events had everyone thinking I left for security reasons.
Theary Seng with great-uncle/aunt An and Nan Seng (from Paris) and great friends Jim and Milly Pringle, 21 Feb. 2011.
Theary Seng with brothers Mardi, Sina, Lundi, nephews Samuel, Gabriel, Jared, Uncle Eng and godfather Wally Boelkins at cousin Donald Hok and Heidi Carlos' wedding in southern California, Aug. 2008.
Dancing with my beautiful niece Saphira Seng visiting from California (Phnom Penh, Dec. 2009). "Fifa, this fruit is for you - it's from Hawaii" - cousin Emma Chuang to Saphira whose dad is doing medical (psychiatry) residency in Hawaii (Irvine, CA, summer 2010)
Entrepreneurial brother Sina (of Conceptual Site Furnishings, Inc.) and his family visited by California family, the Hoks and the Chuangs (Michigan, March 2010).
Wally and Helen Boelkins looking at their present made by Lily Seng (Michigan, 7 Jan. 2011)
My beautiful nieces -- Lily and older sister Isabel Grace, Christmas Eve 2011
Soul sisters: Boelkins daughters (Jan, Chris, Ann, Kathy, Marla, Christine, Theary Seng), 9 Jan. 2011
Author/activist Loung Ung and husband Mark, Daravuth Seng, Jenny Bombasaro-Brady, and Theary Seng at The Elephant Bar (Phnom Penh, Dec. 2009).
Theary Seng with soul sisters: daughters of Bob and Lorraine Pierce (founders of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse) Marilee Pierce Dunker (author of Man of Vision), Robyn Pierce Ruesga; Kristina Sachs (Women of Vision, Wash. DC, March 2010)
Theary Seng with dear friends from Georgetown days (18 yrs ago!) - the Ponnambalams (Indrajit, Kate, Sybil) at their Central Presbyterian Church on Park Ave. for Easter service, 4 April 2010.
Painter Danielle Dal-Molin (also a great friend of Cambodia at the EU), Lili Sisombat and husband Mssr. Panh, next to his brother cinematographer Rithy Panh (Phnom Penh, 3 Sept. 2010)
My favorite people: democratic opposition leader Sam Rainsy, rapper/filmmaker praCh, uncle Eng and me in Long Beach, Sunday, 25 March 2012
A visit with a hero (Theary Seng with outspoken SRP Parliamentarian Madam MU Sochua at her elegant home, both in signature Khmer silk kramas, Phnom Penh, 7 July 2010)
The beautiful family of Udo, Judith, darling Karl hosting my dedicated assistant at Judith's parents home in Berlin, Christmas Day 2011