Cambodian Weed

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Lay Ut, 67, only recently came to the United States from Cambodia and spends every day hunched and bundling water spinach. She says her life in America is the same as it was in Cambodia.

The invasive plant water spinach is banned in some states -- and essential to Asian cooking. In a small village outside Houston, relocated Cambodians are growing and selling it across state lines, up North, out West, hoping to get rich. The authorities don't have a clue. PHOTOS BY DANIEL KRAMER

Published on September 4, 2012

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