Michael Liu arrived by boat to the floating village of Prek Toal in Battambang province in October 2011. He spoke no Khmer, and the residents of Prek Toal didn’t speak Chinese. It took him an hour to find a shop to buy drinking water. “When I walked out of the shop a middle-aged fisherman walked straight to me and used…fluent mandarin and asked, ‘Are you from China?’” There were Chinese in Cambodia—this Mr. Liu knew. He knew they had lived and worked in the country for generations but despite the diversity within the Cambodian-Chinese community, he realized the
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