My name is Sokchea Chea, and I was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I attended Krousar Thmey deaf school in Phnom Penh from 1998 until 2002. I stayed at home for one year until 2003 when I started work on the Deaf Development Programme Education Project. I was a student there for 2 months, until I applied to work as a Cambodian Sign Language researcher with the Nippon Foundation Dictionary project.
Now, I am working as Cambodian Sign Language researcher, a job I have had since January 2004.
I like to help and support other deaf people, and to inform them about their rights. Sometimes I travel to meet new deaf people who do not know any sign language, and I enjoy teaching them Cambodian Sign Language. I also participate in deaf advocacy and deaf events, like International Deaf Day, to help promote deaf awareness.
I enjoy my job because I am interested in Cambodian Sign Language research. I feel that it is important to document new Cambodian signs. I also like teaching Cambodian Sign Language to deaf and hearing people. I am interested to learn from deaf people in other countries about their advocacy and activities.
When I have free time I enjoy reading, talking with my family, and going out with my friends.