Oct. 15, 2023

Archiving Our Stories w/Tola Livesey

Archiving Our Stories w/Tola Livesey

My good friend and fellow Cambodian American Tola Livesey joins us for this episode as we talk about the effects of assimilation and her understanding and curiosity of her Cambodian identity and heritage. She also talks about her passion for archiving stories, and its importance to the Cambodian community and more!


Tola is a 1.5 generation Cambodian American who currently lives in in the Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She completed her undergrad in anthropology at the University of Illinois Chicago and her master’s in library and information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She currently works as a librarian and archivist concentrating on preserving and archiving Cambodian American histories and stories.

Tola has been a former board member and community organizer at the National Cambodian Museum and Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago and was the lead project coordinator for several community programming. Her passion for cultural preservation is the driving force for one day creating a Cambodian American digital archive that will provide a platform for Cambodians to preserve and share their stories.

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