As the Republican Party convention gets underway,
US-Cambodians in Minnesota are expanding their
work, finding an additional role in forming a coalition with other minorities,
such as Somalis, living in the US.
"Somalis are the same as Cambodian-Americans, in that
they understand [Republican Sen.] John McCain can help promote freedom and
democracy in other countries," said Path Suykry, president of the National
Cambodian Republican Coalition. "So they are happy to do this, and we will
continue to meet together."
The convention is being held between Sept. 1 and Sept. 4,
ahead of the November US presidential election.
US-Cambodians have contributed to the Republican effort
through fundraising and campaigning in pagodas, churches and across Cambodian
communities in the US.
Satri Huoch, a Cambodian living in Minnesota, said he supported the Republicans
as a party that can help minorities benefit from democracy.
"I believe in him as other Cambodian-Americans and
other minorities support him," Satri Huoch said.