Chhalith Ou was twelve years old when the Communists came into power in Cambodia. In 1979, Ou spent a year at the Khao-i-Dang Holding Center in Thailand before immigrating with his family to the United States. He is married with two sons and lives and works in the Chicago area. Retired marketing manager R. Z. Halleson is a graduate of The Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University. She headed the team at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Evanston, Illinois, that sponsored and helped resettle more than a hundred refugees from the Vietnam War. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.