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Cambodian Boy Who Speaks 16 Languages' Life Now, 2 Years After Viral Video

People & Blogs
Published on 17 Dec 2020 / In People & Blogs

On November 9, 2018, Thuch Salik’s life changed when a tourist posted a video of him selling souvenirs in Angkor while speaking multiple languages. The Facebook video got over 33,000 shares, while CNA's feature on this Cambodian boy amassed nearly 6 million views on YouTube (watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJjzCBRMaso ) How has his life changed since then?


In September 2019, Salik enrolled at the prestigious Hailiang Educational Institute in Zhejiang, China. He was initially offered this scholarship from the school earlier in March, but Salik’s parents were hesitant to let him go. They were US$60,000 to US$70,000 in debt and needed him around to help support his family.

Dr Chen Junwei, chairman and CEO of the school, offered to pay off the family's debts and sponsor his education. They finally accepted the offer.
Salik had to get one-to-one tuition at first to catch up with his classmates, and currently studies subjects like Mandarin, mathematics, painting and psychology. In January 2020, while home for the school break, the.COVID-19 pandemic struck. He has since been following classes via remote learning from Phnom Penh

In July, Salik signed to Cambodian talent company FUN Entertainment where he's being groomed to be a social media star.

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