Kiry was born in a refugee camp in Thailand to Cambodian parents who had survived the killing fields. When they immigrated to Tacoma, Washington, Kiry’s family pioneered the Cambodian community to do many events within the city. From the Dragon Boat Race festival to Cambodian New Years to the Miss Cambodian Washington pageant, Kiry’s parents instilled that he keeps his Cambodian culture alive here in the US.
In addition, because education is very important to his mother, she encouraged him to pursue and obtained a higher degree in education. That is why he went to school at the University of Hawaii in Manoa and received his Bachelor of Science degree in business and fashion.
Kiry recently moved to Southern California and now works as a prevention coordinator at the Cambodian Association of America in Long Beach, CA.