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    Udommuny Kongkea.

    Chit is a barber and a fashion model, who came as a child from Cambodia to Thailand to seek refuge. Aserica had a chance to ask him a few questions about his past and his passions.
    Photography by Matthieu Lunard

    My name is Udommuny Kongkea. But my nickname is Chit. I was born in Kampong Chnang which is a province in Cambodia. It’s like 91 km from Phnom Penh. I am the 6th son of 8 brothers and sisters. When I was 14 years old, my family moved from Cambodia to Thailand.

    There I started studying and working with T-shirt screening and then later developed an interest in being a barber. My mom wanted me to become a barber and introduced me to barber school. After going there I realized it interested me too. So I became a barber in the Boycambo Barber shop at a night market in Thailand. Now I am 27 years old and I like to model. My true passions in life are photography, modeling, and cutting hair.

    Another part of my story is that I am a refugee from Cambodia and it is not easy living in Thailand due to my refugee status. Many refugees get arrested by the Thai police every single day. In the future I want to live in another country with my own coffee shop and barber shop.