Tan Ser, a Khmer Rouge survivor was born and raised in Cambodia. He escaped to a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand in 1980. He eventually came to the United States and was reunited with his sister Meoun Ser Dith & Dith Pran. Tan studied at the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Catholic University. He has worked for a Washington DC architectural firm for 27 years. His projects have included The Naval Sea Command Headquarters, the Department of Treasury, The Pentagon and The Cannon House Of Representatives.
Tan lost his father, one sister, two brothers, along with other relatives during the Khmer Rouge regime. At that time he was living with Dith Pran. Tan stayed in Cambodia after the Vietnamese invasion because his mother was still seeking to reunite with her other son, Chien Ser, (Tan older brother), who was captured, beaten and dragged away in front of them by young Khmer Rouge soldiers who accused him of being an enemy of Angkar (the highest ruling authority of the Khmer Rouge). He was never seen again and it is presumed he was killed by the Khmer Rouge.
Tan and his wife Seamy, live in Maryland and has two children, Tanner who is presently attending Univ. of Maryland, and Eileen who is in Medical School at Penn State.