From the 1970s to the 1990s, as many as 100,000 Cambodian refugees resettled in the United States. But far from finding a sanctuary, many Cambodians in America have grappled with poverty, mental health problems and social isolation.
Hun Manet made four stops in the US: Long Beach, CA, Olympia, WA, Houston, TX, and Lowell, MA.
More than 100,000 Cambodians were admitted as refugees to the United States in the 1990s. Approximately 10,000 of them were placed in the Bronx, one of the poor communities in the New York City.
For the first time, the wife of the US ambassador to Cambodia is herself a Cambodian.
Sotie Heidt, whose family name is Kenmano, fled the Khmer Rouge in the 1980s and resettled in the United States.
Panh Panhlauv was chosen to play in this year’s High School Choir Festival for the first time as part of the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program.
In January, Misiewicz confessed to a raft of charges, for allegedly trading military secrets to a Singaporean contractor in exchange for gifts, including luxury travel and prostitutes.
Many of the protesters were from Cambodia, where Prime Minister Hun Sen has dominated politics for 30 years.
Demonstrators held placards calling for justice and calling Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for three decades, a “killer.”
With the US-Cambodia relationship in the spotlight, VOA Khmer’s Neou Vannarin sat down for a comprehensive discussion on Wednesday with William A. Heidt, the American ambassador in Phnom Penh.
Members of the community in Long Beach have struggled with mental health issues, many related to the trauma of Cambodia’s past.
Hun Many says the US and Cambodia have so far forged a good relationship but there is room for improvement.
As Cambodia prepares for an official visit from US Secretary of State John Kerry next week, the country’s US ambassador says it would consider joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.