Thursday, 23 October 2014

Archive

In Lowell, Hopes ‘Cambodia Town’ Will Boost Business

There are many in Lowell who hope the Cambodia Town designation will improve the economy.
There are many in Lowell who hope the Cambodia Town designation will improve the economy.
Pin SisovannVOA Khmer

The city of Lowell, Mass., officially coronated Cambodia Town earlier this month. City officials hope the designation, which marks a section of the city where many Cambodian businesses are, will bring an improvement to people’s lives.

For residents like Chhun Vanndeth, a 23-year-old fishmonger at the city’s Ocean Garden Market, an improved economy would be welcome. He, like others here, says he thinks the designation could make a difference.

Khmer Town was inaugurated during the Cambodian New Year, and Chhun Vanndeth was busy preparing fish that would be cooked at the pagoda. He works at the market four days a week. When he can, he helps people move houses. He said he is saving for college.

“I finished high school five years ago, but I couldn’t go to college,” he said. “I need to work to save money to buy books for college, so I can concentrate on my studies.”

There are many in Lowell who hope the Cambodia Town designation will improve the economy.

“People of the Khmer community that we have in Lowell have contributed quite a bit over the last several decades,” Lowell’s mayor, Patrick Murphy, said. “And I think by designating this area ‘Cambodia Town,’ it will attract more people to come in and bring businesses, jobs and tourists.”

“We’ve heard of other towns, such as Chinatown, which have done so much in San Francisco,” said Eileen Donoghue, a Massachusetts state senator. “I see this as the same type of attraction for people and tourists.”

The designation is official, but it remains to be decided whether Cambodia Town will be marked with a gate, a sign or a statue of some kind.

During the New Year, many businesses were too busy to partake in the opening ceremony. Like Monica Am, whose traditional dress shop sees much business this time of year, as people buy new clothes to wear to the pagoda.

She hopes a Cambodia Town will make her busy all year. “Because people would be curious to come and see Cambodia Town,” she said.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one
Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Sayi
X
22 October 2014
Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood has been sent from Cambodia to China this year alone. Activists, from communities that live near some of Cambodia’s last forests, told reporters Wednesday that illegal logging is ravaging their homelands, as part of a “systematic” trade that includes the participation of high-ranking officials, authorities and security forces. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)i
X
20 October 2014
You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)

You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Hit the Nail on the Head (Movie: Inside Job)

You can say, "The professor 'hit the nail on the head' when she said, that we cannot demand respect, respect must be earned and not given freely." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori
Video

Video Speak of the Devil (Movie: Easy A)

You can say, "Speaking of the devil, there she is! Hey, we were just talking about you a moment ago." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Rock the Boat (Movie: 500 Days of Summer)

You can say, "Things are going really well between the two of you - he's happy and you're happy, so why 'rock the boat'?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>