On April 12, 1975, just days before Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge seized control of Phnom Penh, Vincent's father missed a chance to take his family and leave Cambodia on a US Marine Corp helicopter. Had they boarded the chopper, Vincent would not have had to endure four years of brutality and starvation. He and his family somehow survived the genocide, but then found themselves destitute when they returned to the ruined city that was once their home. In 1980, along with his sixty-four-year-old grandmother, Vincent risked his life to cross the landmine-filled Cambodian jungle to reach a refugee camp in Thailand.Father Missed His Plane is a powerful real-life story of a boy surviving the Killing Fields of Cambodia. His experience as a refugee who ultimately found sanctuary has a special poignancy in today's global political climate.
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About the Author
Vincent Lee (Chinese name: Lee Teng Huy) was born and grew up in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Vincent's parents were both ethnic Chinese-Cambodian. In 1982, he began sustained formal education for the first time at the Christian Brother's school in Sydney. He completed his Bachelor of Economics degree at Sydney University in 1991. He also holds a master degree in Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney.