Lear huy Washington, Suasdey California!

Lear huy Washington, Suasdey California!

On July 10th, I step foot in Long Beach, California not as a visitor, but as a new resident. It’s a day I’ve been dreaming for months, but could never hold on to; because of family, because of obligations back home, because moving is always a tough decision. I first contemplated the idea as early as January, and each day back in Washington, I began making plans to ensure that this dream become a reality.

The past 18 months saw me visit Long Beach 15 times, mainly for Khmerican-related business. That fact gives me hope for the company’s future. Almost 20% of of our 500,000 monthly readership comes from Los Angeles and Orange County. A majority of our staffing is based in the area. And much of our business interest so far has come out of Long Beach. My relocation made perfect sense, both strategically for the company and the vision we have for the future.

But like any major move, the adjustment can be difficult. In the last 10 years, I’ve lived in Seattle, Madison, Phnom Penh, Honolulu, Brooklyn, and back in hometown Kelso. In the past 10 years, I’ve explored over 25 countries. I’m the type of person that can’t seem to stay still for a long period of time; always anticipating that next journey in some far distant land.

But I’ll begin to miss home very soon. I’ll begin to miss my 8 nieces and 3 nephews. I’ll begin to miss my parent’s lecture (siblings as well). And I’ll begin to miss the Washington rain and its evergreens.

But I know that my life must go forward. I know that this passion to further Khmerican’s work must go on with more vigor and focus. And I know that the challenges lies ahead.

But I am ready and I hope you are too.

© 2024 Phatry Derek Pan