“Exiled moves seamlessly from the killing fields of Cambodia to American immigrant communities, adding texture and perspective to the current debate on refugees, political asylum, cultural assimilation, and the deportation of Americanized immigrant criminals. Cengel humanizes this debate, bringing a deeper understanding of these hot-button issues”—Melvin Claxton, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist
“Exiled comes at the right moment in our national debate about immigration and deportation. Katya Cengel’s painfully detailed story about the maltreatment of the children of refugees we once welcomed should open our minds and hearts to the tyranny of ill-conceived laws and small-minded bureaucrats.”—Elizabeth Becker, author of When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution
“An excellent and compelling account of Cambodian refugees’ plight in the United States. . . . Once you read Exiled, you can’t help but be empathetic and look at deportation through a new lens.”—Jennifer Lau, author of Beautiful Hero: How We Survived the Khmer Rouge
Katya Cengel has written for The New York Times Magazine and the The Washington Post among other publications and teaches journalism at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is the author of Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life. Cengel has been awarded grants from International Reporting Project, International Women’s Media Foundation, and International Center for Journalists.