Lang Leav was born in a refugee camp after her family fled the Khmer Rouge. She spent her formative years in Sydney, Australia, in the predominantly migrant town of Cabramatta. Among her many achievements, Lang is the winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, a Churchill Fellowship, and a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award. She has been featured on CNN, SBS Australia, Intelligence Squared UK, and Radio New Zealand and in various publications, including Vogue, Newsweek, the Straits Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian, and the New York Times. She lives in New Zealand.