In Memory of Anthony Veasna So

Anthony Veasna So, 28, of San Francisco, CA, passed away on December 8, 2020 at his home. He was born in Stockton, CA on February 20, 1992, son of Sienghay So and Ravy So. He is survived by his partner, Alex Torres; parents, Sienghay So and Ravy So; sister and brother-in-law, Samantha Lamb and Zachary Lamb; sister Linna Armstrong; brother Jonathan So; and his nephew, Oliver Lamb. He is also survived by his grandmother, Hap Yeng, his aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

Anthony graduated from Lincoln High School in 2010. In 2015, he graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Art Practice. While at Stanford, Anthony helped write, illustrate and publish two graphic novels, hosted Stanford’s comedy open mic, and spent summers as a standup comedian in Los Angeles and New York City. After graduating from college, Anthony taught literature and writing at The Urban School of San Francisco and Next Generation Scholars, a nonprofit that serves low-income students. In 2020, Anthony completed his MFA in Fiction at Syracuse University, where he was a University Fellow and won the Joyce Carol Oates Award in Fiction. He taught at several schools, including Syracuse University and Colgate University and Oakland-based Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants. 

He was recognized as an acclaimed author, creative artist, and a thought leader for a new generation of Cambodian-Americans wrestling with their cultural identity. His fiction has been published in The New Yorker, n+1, Granta and Zyzzyva, while his comics have appeared in Hobart and Nashville Review. His debut story collection, Afterparties, will be released summer of 2021. 

Anthony’s accomplishments in the literary field are well known, but he was also a musician who played the piano. He was a huge tv and film buff and enjoyed the classics, e.g. Titanic. He loved to travel and always had a trip planned to go somewhere in the world at any given time. But most of all, he had a deep and generous love for family and friends. He had so much to offer this world. In the time he was here, he made it more joyful, poetic, and beautiful. Anthony will be forever remembered in the hearts of those who love him.

He will be laid to rest on Sunday, December 20, 2020 in the company of family in Lodi, CA.

Condolences may be sent to the family addressed to 8129 N. West Lane, Stockton, CA 95210. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made here in memory of Anthony Veasna So. All contributions will support causes and organizations to further Anthony's legacy and continue the work that he was passionate about.

Organizer and beneficiary

Leana Taing
Stockton, CA
Samantha So

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