Cambodian refugees had little support in the New York borough, where they faced “a life of poverty, bad housing, and watching their families struggle through welfare.
Long Beach is home to more than 60,000 Cambodian Americans, the largest community across the United States.
“All I Heard Was My Sorrow” describes Ly Sambo's life under the Khmer Rouge and her flight to the US in the early 1980s.
Phare, the Cambodian Circus troupe, has been performing in the United States and the message of its tour is that it wants the world to know that Cambodia is a very different country today, than the common image of its tragic past.
The discussion highlighted the contrast between the academics views on helpful forms of reconciliation and healing, and the efforts of the U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal toward the same goal.
Participants discussed the difficulty in promoting human rights and democracy in Cambodia, where political pressure and powerful individuals often intervene.
“Rise of the Golden Aura” will be a romantic fantasy about a Cambodian orphaned girl adopted by a Cambodian-American parent who becomes queen of the vampire underworld.
Rana Sowath, a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, told “Hello VOA” that Cambodia has a surplus of business administration and management students.
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.