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New Year Committee wants to give thanks to all the volunteers for your commitment, dedication and patience; and our proud sponsors for your donation and other resources
  • San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society (SJCBS)
  • Cambodian American Resource Agency (CARA)
  • Santa Clara Valley Cambodian Women’s Association (SCVWA)
  • Khmer Cultural Dance Program
  • Cambodian School
  • The San Jose Mercury News
  • Arts Council Silicon Valley
  • Resources for Families & Communities
  • Dr. Darith S. Khay - Family Practice Clinic
  • Senter Road Market
  • SAM Boun Bookkeepig/Tax Services
  • Bodavy Boun Insurance Services
  • Hagan Family & Stone Church of Willow Center
  • My Shuttle Airporter-Plus
  • Mekong jewelry
  • Blue Lagoon Restaurant
  • Nam Vang Restaurant
  • Phu Lam Restaurant
  • Snow- White Drive In
  • eNetium, Inc.
  • Family & Children Services
  • New York Life Insurance
  • Melinda Hoa Nguyen (Realtor Loan Officer)
  • Daily Donuts
  • Sydney Meng (Realty World)
  • STI Certified


SJCBS staffs
1) Hin Sath
2) Van Chek
3) An Khuon
Master Ceremony
4) Sovandy Hang
5) Sarah Chea
Lead by Chanthoeun To
7) Bodavid Kas
8) Peter Len
9) Savouth Chea
VIP guest hosts
Lead by Perom Uch:
10) Layso Lor
11) Serey Hang
12) Samreth Nuon
13) Kelvin So
14) Mark Kaylor
15) Vollevann Kaylor
Invited guest & sponsors hosts
Lead by Davy Chea
16) Kanphiany Lor
17) Kathy Lor
18) Marlena Lor
19) Monica Khun
20) Tina Lor
Volunteer Food
Lead by Channary Bill & Jackie Men
21) Jackie Men
22) Chamroeun Sam
23) Chenda Hiep
24) Keo Yim
25) Kim Krause
26) Sopheap Ngar
Ticketing - Fee Collection
Lead by Channary Bill &
Davy Chea
27) Chhavy Nou
28) Christine Krause
29) Christopher Chan
30) Dany Sok
31) David Kas
32) Joel Chang
33) Kim Sim
34) Lillian Pannthay
35) Linda Khoun
36) Mony Khivtrakoun
37) Bunkan Kas
38) Olisany Chea
39) Pancho Chang
40) Randall Krause
41) Sophia Pannthay
42) Sue Cheali So
Stage decoration /Photo/Video
Lead by Someth Lor:
43) Bill Lange
44) Kent Kuoy
45) Phirak Thach
46) Puthy Chea
47) Savutta Sar
48) Vibol Thach
Traditional Games
49) Taxi Khek - leader
50) Sokhun Khan
51) Ros Khan
52) Sokonry Khan
Dance group - dressing room
Lead by Chamroeun Yean
Dressing & Make up:
53) Dara Kas
54) Chanara Chea
55) Chenda Phuong Hong
56) Chhunnary Each
57) Deva Ok
58) Jennifer Chan
59) Kimny Chhon
60) Leslie Kim
61) Mearadey But
62) Navy Phal
63) Phana Men
64) Rasmei But
65) Samphos Ngak
66) Sokchea Hun
67) Sokha Daniels
68) Son Each
69) Sonia Meas
70) Thida Mam
71) Vearady Ch. To
72) Victoria Wesson
Back stage handymen helps
73) Vitou Mam
74) Bunrith Sar
75) Dave Jones
76) Dee Dean
77) Bora Each
Asian Pacific Families
Resource Center Staffs
78) Nepar Penn
79) Sokly Ea
80) Sovandy Hang
Support Group
Lead by Paul Lon & the Khmer Literacy school:
81) Thon Kas
82) Bophal Phen
83) Sambo Ouch
84) Andrew Ma
85) Bryant Ma
86) Christina Man
87) Kimberly Kuch
88) Ly Ma
89) Mary Chhuon
90) Rangsey Chom
91) Sambo Son
92) Serey Chheuth
93) Sodany Son
94) Sophin Phin
95)Thanrina Kuch





    Funded by

        Funded in part by a grant
        from Arts Council Silicon  Valley

      Arts Council Silicon Valley
Highlights of Cambodian New Year 2003, San Jose, Bay Area, N. California
Phillip Lim – Chairperson , Paul Lon – Vice Chairperson
Chanthoeun To - Secretary, Channary Bill – Treasurer, Davy Chea – Treasurer,
Chamroeun Yean – Cultural Dance Coordinator, Frank Huon - Adviser, Norind Su – SJCBS President,
Perom Uch
- Sr. AdviserRobert Lor – Stage Manager, Someth Lor – Stage Décor & Photo/Video Coordinator,
Vinita Kylin –Social Dance Coordinator
  • Photos - Morning
  • All Other Photos of 2003 Event
  • Donated by Davy Chea
    Photographed by Bill Lange (Reserved with Copyright of http://www.ltaphotos.com/) Click on each picture to view it bigger
    MCs: Sovandy Hang & Sarah Chea Open Remarks by Mr. Perom Uch Keynote Speaker: Mr. Hin Sath

    Representative of
    Hon. Mike Honda, Congressman
    Mr. Phillip Lim, Chairperson of
    Cambodian New Year 2003
    Hon. Terry Gregory,
    San Jose City Council
    Thousands of people attended this holiday observance featuring blessings by Buddhist monks, traditional new year games, Cambodian fashion show, Khmer rememberance Song, the cultural dance performances and the public were warmly welcomed. This year the day-long community celebration began at 9:00 AM with Buddhist monks in saffron robes chanting and performing the New Year Blessings ceremony. The blessing is followed by a display of traditional Cambodian games for adults and children. These daytime festivities are an opportunity to participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Khmer people making a new home in this country and are free to all comers. In addition, there will also be a host of vendors displaying their arts and crafts and other Cambodian products. The evening cultural program begins at 5:30 PM and will feature several performances of Khmer classical ballet and folk dance; folk and classical music as well as modern performances.
    Robam Neary Chea Chuor: This dance is a Khmer Classical dance describing the beauty of young ladies in their elegant costumes performing beautiful Khmer dance. This dance reminds the Khmer people of the rich culture that has been kept and nourished through generations, and it is a well known among the neighboring countries.
    Robam Meh Am Bao: It illustrates a story of bug busters working diligently to maintain the garden and keeping unwanted bugs away. At same time, a group of young female butterflies flying and singing in the garden as they look for pollen to extract. To their surprise, the butterflies are quietly caught by the bug busters. They try to convince the bug busters to release them by claiming they were just "beautifying" the garden.
    Robam Phuong Neary: This Classical dance describes the beauty of Khmer woman. The music and the melodic song narrated her uncompromising beauty and compare it to a golden flower. Although she is practical and strong, she is also admirable and soft. This dance brings out all of which true beauty is.
    Robam Moni Mekala: depicts the story of three students, Moni Mekala, Ream-Ea-So and prince Vora-chhun, who received lessons from one teacher, Moni-Ey-Sey. The teacher had given each of them specialized weapons before their departure. Ream-Ea-So was a bad giant who seeks to steal the other's weapons to be top in his class. He kills prince Vora-chhun for his Sword, and is trying to kill Moni Mekala for her Crystal ball.
    Moni Mekala is not only beautiful, but is also powerful. She fights her battle bravely with Ream-Ea-So. While attempting to take possession of the Crystal ball from Moni Mekala, Ream-Ea-So throws his Arch in an attempt to kill her. To prevent this, she throws her Crystal ball up to make the thunder's flame,
    blinding Ream-Ea-So and defeats him at the scene.
    Robam Koah Trah Lauk: This Classical dance describes the beauty of Khmer woman. The music and the melodic song narrated her uncompromising beauty and compare it to a golden flower. Although she is practical and strong, she is also admirable and soft. This dance brings out all of which true beauty is.
    Seven Day Color Fashion Show: Seven beautiful Cambodian ladies dressed in vibrant color pamoung for seven days of the week:
    Sunday - Red, Monday - Yellow-Orange, Tuesday - Purple, Wednesday - Mustard-Green, Thursday - Green, Friday - Blue, Saturday - Burgundy
    For special occasion, Cambodians believe that choosing the right color of clothes in accordance with its color chart will bring good luck and happiness.
    Khmer Remembrance Song: "Savoda Khmer" or "Khmer Remembrance song" is written by Mr. Nuon Kan (well known Khmer poet). This poem reminds all Khmer, young and old, domestic and abroad, to remember their roots and origin. It further describes its geography, rich natural resources, Angkorian history, culture and tradition, architect, and many more. It is a well-known fact for many centuries.
    Yeeke Tum-Teav - ( Part—II )
    A scene where Daun Phann tricked TEAV to marry someone else
    In the previous scene, Tum and Teav were married by the king. The couple was happy together. However, Daun Phnan, Teav's mother, strongly disagreed with the king's decision. She prefers Teav to be married to a wealthy person for it is in her best interest. She sent Teav a faked letter stating her severe health condition and wishes to see her daughter. She slowly learned her presence is requested for an arranged marriage that her mother had set up. She was to be married to Meun Nguon, the son of a regional governor, Auh-Choun. She later discovered her mother had "tricked" her. For it is the only way to manifest true love in the presence of the villagers. The test proved the couple remains faithful to one another. They were tragically separated. Tum was battered by Auh-Choun and was taken away to be executed.
    This TUM-TEAV sad scene, reminds us of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliette story.
    Chhayam features the long-drum (skor chhayam), clashing hand-held cymbals, wooden clackers (Krab), and other noisemakers made of commonly found materials. The performers show off in comic masks and exaggerated hair styles and make-up. Communal and spontaneous, the combination of drumming, comic exhibitions, and animated vernacular call-and-response vocals (at times nonsensical) are characteristics of Chhayam