My name is Phounam Pin, you can call me Poonam. My hometown is Battambang, Cambodia. I am the youngest of five. My parents are no longer alive but their spirits are with me and my family.
I need to tell you upfront that I am not an accomplished author, nor have I led a non-profit organization to help change the lives of children in underprivileged communities. What I have accomplished so far is lifting myself up from the circle of poverty I grew up in, a situation my family is still facing today.
Some of my proudest accomplishments include transforming myself from a child trash-picker into an world renowned circus artist, taking the chance to move to the U.S., and connecting with generous community members who helped me get through college. I graduated from Montgomery College as the Honor Student of the Year in 2020 and from Smith College with a dual bachelor’s degree in Government and the Study of Women’s and Gender in January 2023. I am very proud of these accomplishments, as each journey set me up to become the first in my family to finish a college degree and enabled me to support my nephews and niece and myself while living in America, “the home of the free and the land of the brave.”
This website is a space where I will share my writings, my perspective on various topics, and my experiences as I continue to learn. More contents are coming soon.
An aspiring learner.