WCTE: The Donut King
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In 1975, Ted Ngoy, “The Donut King,” arrived in the United States, by way of Camp Pendleton, as a refugee escaping the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. At the start of his new American life, Ngoy parlayed opportunity and hard work into the purchase of his first donut shop in Orange County, California. The success of the donut shop allowed for the opening of new locations, and the ability to extend a helping hand to fellow Cambodian refugees. Over the next decade, Ngoy sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming Cambodian refugees offering them steady employment in his shops. By 1979, Ngoy was living the American Dream—but a great rise often comes with a great fall, and Ngoy saw a reversal of fortunes losing everything he had built.
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- Cephas Ablakwa
WCTE Director of Education & Engagement
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