This is our home. I'm very proud that Bunny was able to give back to his country, our country.
— Sim Long, father and Cambodian immigrant
Long's father had served in the Cambodian air force before the Khmer Rouge took power in the 1970s. His parents had been imprisoned for four years in a labor camp. Bunny (pronounced Boony), their youngest child, was born in Tennessee.
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