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Featured Story: U.S. Deportee Brings Street Dance to Street Boys of Cambodia

Welcome again today's guest contributor well-respected and well-published photographer Stuart Isett. This story is related to the previous posting on Cambodian Gangs and highlights a particularly uplifting story of a Cambodian deportee who has used his talent to inspire young Cambodians.

All photographs copyright © 2009 Stuart Isett/http://www.isett.com/. All rights reserved. Images and text in this post were used by written permission from Stuart Isett.


U.S. Deportee Brings Street Dance to Street Boys of Cambodia

Published in the New York Times in 2008. See full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/world/asia/30dancer.html

The Tiny Toones break dancing troupe was founded by Tuy Sobil, a.k.a. "KK", a 31 yr old Cambodian and former gang member from Long Beach, CA, who was deported from the United States in 2004. Working out of the Toul Tom Pong neighborhood in Phnom Penh, the Tiny Toone's house runs a drop-in center and community center for at-risk youth in Phnom Penh. Dance classes, as well as English lessons are offered at the center.

See more photos by Stuart at http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartisett and http://www.isett.com/.
Thanks again Stuart!
Click here to read another feature from Stuart "Cambodian Gangs in America."


  1. Enjoyed Peace and Hate by Submarines. Wills esp liked Shannon's impromptu running man into the roger rabbit completed with a little lawn mower. In a direct dance off challenge by Shannon, I pulled out the hedge clipper into the shopping cart, back to the hedge clipper and finished with the sprinkler. Wills determined Shannon to be the winner. Good dance tunes.

  2. lol. it's good to know my dance tunes are actually getting people on their feet. I hope Wills had a good time too.


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