Cambodia’s Royal Ballet performed in New York earlier this month for the first time in decades. The performance, part of the Season of Cambodia arts festival, was not just a pleasure for Americans to see, however. It also brought pride to many Cambodians who fled their home country and ended up as far as Canada and the United States. VOA Khmer’s Poch Reasey reports from New York.
Cambodians have been settling in the United States for more than 30 years. Yet there are few real success stories in business. But there are exceptions, like Timothy Chhim, president of the Chamber of Commerce for Nanuet, New York. Chhim recently visited Washington for a business conference, he told VOA Khmer in an interview that's because many of them fail to think big, take risks and go after what they want. (Sok Khemara, Washington)
The Cambodian American Heritage group recently put on a cultural performance in Arlington, Va., outside of Washington. More than 500 people attended the show, which included arts, culture and tourist attractions. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports from the performance.
Cambodians who go to the polls for July’s parliamentary elections will face two major choices, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, and the new opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party. The new opposition party represents a combination of two former party leaders, Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, both of whom were in Long Beach recently. And as VOA Khmer’s Cheang Sophinarath reports, organizers there say some challenges remain.
A group of Cambodian-Americans gathered in front of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, to demonstrate against what they say is a poor election process in Cambodia. The showing in Washington coincided with a similar protest in Phnom Penh Wednesday, demanding election reforms ahead of July polls. More than 100 Cambodians from across the Eastern seaboard gathered in front of the White House, calling for election reforms and a cut to military spending to the Cambodian government. (Sok Khemara, Washington)