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Tang Cheam

Director of Information & Technology

Tang serves as Technology Director for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.  He has worked in the technology field for over 20 years.  His expertise ranges from network infrastructure and server design to proprietary aerospace systems design and improving manufacturing efficiencies through strategic implementation of technology.  He specializes in developing unique solutions to real-world problems.

Mr. Cheam received his BA from Washington State University in Comparative and Ethnic Studies and a Master of Arts from the University of Washington.  His graduate work centered on how one community's adaptation of a cultural practice is used to strengthen participants' sense of cultural identity.   He previously worked as Technology Director for Clan Star, Inc. and as Systems Administrator and General Manager for Laser Cutting Northwest.

When Tang was 3, his family immigrated to the US as refugees from the aftermath of the Cambodian Genocide, also referred to as the Killing Fields.  Born two years into this horrific period, his mother traveled by foot across the country twice--with him bundled in a sack at her side, traversing rice paddies and jungles, while avoiding land mines and Khmer Rouge soldiers who would have killed them on the spot had they been caught.  His family arrived in the US with nothing--traumatized by life and numb from heartache at the loss of so many loved ones.  It is because of this sacrifice, determination, and commitment of his mother to her children that they survived.  As a survivor, he dedicates his life’s work to his mother and her unrelenting commitment to her children.  He is happily married to an amazing woman, mother and artist, and is the proud father of two daughters, who serve as the inspiration behind his commitment to creating a society that honors women.