Despite the ability to unify and create Cambodian Town, the Cambodian American community in Long Beach, Calif., still lacks representation at the city level. Steve Vibol Meng, former president of the Cambodian Coordinating Council , speaks with VOA Khmer’s Im Sothearith on issues ranging from gang engagement to business success experienced by Cambodian-Americans in Long Beach.
Cambodian Americans from many states held a fundraising event in Philadelphia on June 1 in support of the Cambodia National Rescue Party. Kem Sokha, vice president of the party, was in attendance to update the US-based supporters of the opposition’s plans for the July 27 election. VOA Khmer’s Im Sothearith discusses the party’s plans and its criticism of the ruling party’s development policies with Kem Sokha.
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.