Although violence against writers and academics in Cambodia has decreased in recent years, many say they still face strong censorship. A literary program at Harvard University, in Massachusetts, provides a place for writers from countries like Cambodia to work uncensored. Soeung Sophat reports on one of the Cambodian writers currently at Harvard.
A Cambodian group in the US has begun lobbying influential Washington institutions in an effort to affect political change in their homeland ahead of national elections there next year. Group leader Prom Saunora told VOA Khmer they are working to improve human rights and free speech, curb corruption and improve border and immigration issues.
A campaign in Lowell hopes to raise $10 million for a new pagoda in the city. The fundraising officially began over the Cambodian New Year last month. The pagoda, Wat Khmer Lowell, would also act as a cultural and community center, organizers say.
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.