The Team

Ratha Chuon, Co-Founder & Samaki Project Events Coordinator

Ratha is your all around go to Cambodian community member. You can find her supporting cultural arts event or fundraising for a grassroots organization. Whatever elevates and promote the visibility of Khmer folks, she will be there! At 16 she organized the first Mr. and Ms. Cambodian American pageant in the city of San Francisco. Her love for all things Khmer have kept her close to her people and community. While highly passionate about community work, social justice and equality, this city gal, in another life, aspires to be an artist/entertainer living in the deep south or traveling the world to meet many other awe inspiring women.

Krystalyna ChuonCo-Founder & Manages Samaki Reads

Krystalyna is a 2nd generation Khmer American with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies. She is extremely passionate about her Khmer culture, particularly Khmer arts and literature. This led her to start the Khmer Books Archive blog that highlighted various Khmer books weekly. She later merged the archive with Samaki Project and thus started Samaki Reads.

Krystalyna hopes Samaki Reads will be a go-to source for all Khmer related books and encourage Khmer writers to pursue their passion in writing and literature. As a self-proclaimed tiny house enthusiast, she plans to one day retire in a tiny house on wheels where she can spend her days writing, reading and perhaps even traveling. You can find her at her blog: