Asiroh Cham is a ~1.5 generation Cham American, born in a refugee camp in Thailand and has spent the majority of her life in California. In 2010, she co-direct a documentary in Cambodia on Cham genocide survivors in the midst of the U.N. backed tribunals to charge five significant senior Khmer Rouge leaders with crimes of genocide from 1975-1979.
Asiroh received a 2012-2013 Armed with a Camera Fellowship through Visual Communications. Her short films (Journey and My Name is Asiroh) have screened at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Boston Asian American Film Festival, Cambodian International Film Festival, Seattle Asian American Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, among other venues.
In 2013, Asiroh was awarded the inaugural Linda Mabalot Legacy Scholarship for her work as an emerging documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on social issues. Asiroh worked on the documentary The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, directed by Oscar-nominated director Arthur Dong, which premiered in 2015.
Asiroh holds a B.A. in Southeast Asian Studies & International Development Studies and an M.A. in Asian American Studies, both from U.C.L.A. Her master’s thesis focused on the politics of recognition, indigeneity, war, migration, and historical memory in the Cham diaspora, and used oral history and visual documentation to illuminate Cham voices.
Asiroh has worked at U.C.L.A. for over a decade primarily in student affairs with a particular passion for helping first generation and underrepresented students succeed and navigate college.