Rapper Prach Ly was born in secrecy in a Cambodian concentration camp, where his mother was imprisoned for four years toward the end of the Khmer Rouge's reign of terror. In this video by KPCC's Mae Ryan, Ly discusses how living in a rough part of Long Beach influenced his music and how he turned it "into my autobiography."
He also talks about what it's like to be the child of immigrants who witnessed the horror of Cambodia's killing fields, the mass executions that left many survivors with post-traumatic stress syndrome. "My mother, sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat," he says. "She is still reliving that."
Ly says, "I'm still trying to understand what they are going through."