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If you walk into a doughnut shop in California, the chances are it’s owned by a Cambodian family. That’s because of a refugee who built up an empire, and became known as the Donut King, only to lose it all.
Ted Ngoy was a high school student in Phnom Penh when he first set eyes on Suganthini Khoeun, the daughter of a high-ranking government official.
“She was so beautiful,” he remembers. “You can’t find any prettier woman besides her.”
All the boys at his school were in love with her, and as a poor half-Chinese boy from a village near the Thai border he had