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The American-born children of Cambodian refugees know little about the lives and heritage of their parents. But teenage girls in Stockton, California are retracing the steps of the Apsara—the women who danced in the royal courts a thousand years ago. By learning the dance, they hope to reconnect with a tradition that was almost erased during the cultural purges of the Khmer Rouge.
I shot and edited this short documentary for a series on WashingtonPost.com in 2004. See the complete series.