Chhun lost his family, home, and way of life to the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
He built a new life on the Alabama bayou.
Some 60,000 Cambodians in Long Beach remain plagued by post-traumatic stress, depression and other mental health issues.
A former UN official in Cambodia during its transition period in the 1990s says the country’s mass killings were in part a result of the Cold War.
Cambodian consular general marked Cambodia’s Independence Day for the first time in Long Beach, CA. on November 9.
The Angkor Hospital for Children has more than 500 staff, who provide free treatment to children, 1.4 million of them so far.
Cambodians in the US have twice the rate of type-2 diabetes, seven times the rate of depression, and fifteen times the rate of PTSD than the standard US population.
Around 150 Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese met with members of the Southeast Asian American Health Coalition and Khmer Health Advocates, describing what they need in a proper healthcare system.
More needs to be done, they say, to help refugees resettle in order to prevent further suffering and future social problems.
Phare’s performance “Khmer Metal” was applauded by the audience, some reacting with the words:“Now that was circus!”
For over 25 years, Dr. Taing Tek Hong, a Cambodian-American medical physician in Jacksonville, Florida, has volunteered his time each month as a health expert on our popular ‘Hello VOA’ radio call-in show.
Phare, a Cambodian circus, is conducting its first US tour, after traveling across Europe and Asia for the last decade.
Ambassador Chum Bunrong told VOA Khmer that his main priority in coming years will be to open more cooperation in tourism, trade and investment.