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The cultural diversity in the Bay Area makes it one of the best places to live in the world. Cambodian-Americans are certainly significant pieces of that cultural tapestry. The preservation of the Cambodian culture is, therefore, vital. It is paramount not only to the collective community, but also to the Cambodian community, and the individual Cambodians themselves.
The major leadership of local Cambodian-American community is made up of collaboration with the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, the Santa Clara Cambodian Women Association, the Cambodian American Resource Agency, active community members, and the financial sponsors.

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This is New Year

This is Cambodian new Year

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cambodian New Year Festival 2010 - San Jose, California

The Cambodian-American community of Santa Clara County will celebrate its

25th Annual Cultural New Year,
year of the Tiger,
Saturday, April 10th, 2010 (5:30pm to midnight)
at the
Santa Clara County Fairgounds
Pavilion Hall - 344 Tully Rd. San Jose, CA 95111

We will be sponsoring this event for a fun evening of excitement. The celebration of "Khmer New Year" is a symbol to remind us of our culture and heritage. The Cambodian New Year Festival showcases the richness of Cambodian life in our community. The treasured folk culture and history of Cambodia delight the senses in colorful display of art, music, and dance.

This year, Cambodian New Year Festival 2010 Committee chaired by Miss Davy Chea and Miss Kara Uy, will bring us two parts of events. Part-I will feature Khmer Classical Dance & Folk Dances and Khmer School Children Play. Part-II, the social dance, will feature Starland Band, Ms Molyna, and Guest Singer Miss Laura Mam. Miss Laura Mam was the former student of Cambodian Cultural Dance Group of San Jose.

Cambodian Community of San Jose
Participating Groups serving the Cambodian community lend resources and volunteers to organize the the New Year event, including: The San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc.| Cambodian American Resources Agency | Santa Clara County Cambodian Women's Association | Cambodian School | Cambodian Cultural Dance Group of San Jose | Active Community Members.

For more information
Please contact Miss Davy Chea at 408.667.4015 or Miss Kara Uy at 408.628.3898

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Darith S. Khay - New Office Location: 200 Jose Figueres, Suite 315, San Jose, CA 95116

Dear Community:

You may already know that San Jose has only one Cambodian family medical clinic named “Darith S. Khay, MD - Family Practice Clinic”. Starting November 1, 2009 the clinic has moved to a new location at the address below. The new office is located inside a building behind the Regional Medical Center.

Darith S. Khay, MD
200 Jose Figueres, Suite 315
San Jose, CA 95116
Telephone: (408) 280-0884

Through the years Dr. Khay has given back to the community he serves and has been a stable supporter of local community events such as the annual Khmer New Year Festival (KNYF). He is also a big supporter of the Cambodian Language School and the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe and had donated generously to these programs. Thank you Dr. Khay!


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

School Fights Language Loss in US

School Fights Language Loss in US

By Nuch Sarita, VOA Khmer
Original report from Washington
07 September 2009

Buddhist monks and educators in San Jose, Calif., have noted a growing concern in Khmer communities regarding the loss of the Khmer language in the US and the linkage it offers to Cambodian culture and traditions.

A community of Cambodian volunteers has been running the Cambodian Literacy School of San Jose for 20 years to prevent this.

The school aims to bring Cambodian children back to their cultural roots and encourage them towards education and better communication with their parents, through language lessons and cultural programs.

Kas Thon, a senior teacher and adviser, has helped transform the Khmer Literacy School with a new structure. He said the projects are now designed to provide services that bridge the intergenerational gap between Cambodian parents and their children.

“Since early 1989, we have been serving hundreds of Cambodian and non-Cambodian students, aged 7 to late twenties, throughout the county of Santa Clara. When we first started, we had 300 students, and we did not have enough rooms for them. We opened another location. Parents, with continuous support, kept bringing children to classes regularly.”

The program begins with speaking and listening activities based on experiences with which children are familiar. Reading is introduced through simple stories that feature familiar situations. Exploring words and letters leads to the beginnings of writing.

The school is run by a team of Cambodian teachers, parents and volunteers and offers free literacy classes every Saturday, from 10 am to noon for children, and 10 am to 1 pm for adults. The school is located at the Tull Community Branch Library and at the Khmer Buddhist Temple of Khemara Rangsey in San Jose.

Srey Tha came to the US in 1989 at the age of 16. She did not know how to read or write Khmer when she lived in Cambodia. Srey Tha now brings her 17-year-old daughter to the Khmer Literacy School every Saturday, and she has learned to read and write herself.

“I have come to this school for more than four years,” she said. “Now I can read and write Khmer. I want my daughter to speak and read Khmer and learn Khmer culture and traditions.”

Sambun Boun, a volunteer teacher, said his class has three different levels. Some students can read and write, some can only spell words, and others have just begun.

“I want the students to make more progress in learning Khmer,” he said. “We, the teachers, will have a program to meet the parents of students. We will explain to them that they to be involved; they can make a difference. If children see the mother and father reading and writing Khmer on a daily basis, they tend to do that, too.”

Many Cambodian children transition to using English and attain only limited skills in Khmer, becoming less interested in traditional activities. Many children and young adults are beginning to lose their mother tongue.

Meanwhile, generational differences and conflict in language use often develop in the homes, as children use English and their parents and grandparents speak Khmer, diminishing their ability to communicate with each other

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Cambodian School on Voa 09082009


Friday, July 24, 2009

Cambodian Living Arts + The Vanderbilt Republic Foundation

For immediate release.
Contact: Matthew Bogosian / 718-749-7775 /

A team of American artists will spend this October in Cambodia working to rebuild Cambodia’s art and culture by documenting the country’s cultural resurrection in partnership with Cambodian Living Arts.

New York City, July 16, 2009.

Between 1975 and 1979, Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge effectively replaced Cambodia’s two thousand year old artistic history with one of genocide and death. In this massively coordinated effort to return to a flattened “Year Zero”, approximately 2 million Cambodians, or 25% of its population, died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. In a merciless attempt to march backwards in history, nearly 90% of the country’s artists were executed.

Luckily, a twelve-year-old flute player named Arn Chorn escaped from the brutal regime and found sanctuary in the arms of an American missionary named Peter Pond, who later adopted him. Arn Chorn-Pond returned to Cambodia as an adult in 2001 with the inspiring goal of piecing together what was left of Cambodia’s culture. He found 16 surviving music legends and created the Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) program around them. The CLA’s mission is to pass Cambodia’s musical traditions on to younger generations; after starting with nothing, the program now supports nearly 300 students, and is growing.

“I hope Cambodia can become a center for arts and culture,” Chorn-Pond said. “When visitors come to Cambodia, we won’t be known for the killing fields. We want the world to know us for our arts and culture, like in ancient Angkor times. Our arts will be the international signature of our country.”

Arn Chorn-Pond and Cambodian Living Arts have partnered with The Vanderbilt Republic Foundation (VRF) to emphatically broadcast Cambodia’s coming cultural rebirth to the world. Founded by acclaimed portrait photographer George Del Barrio and his representative, Matthew Bogosian, the VRF is an arts and culture non-profit devoted to increasing public awareness of critical arts, cultural, and human rights organizations. The VRF mobilizes the talent and experience of the photographic industry’s most diverse and talented working creatives.
To purposefully document and promote the CLA’s mission, The VRF will send George Del Barrio ( to Cambodia to photograph all the living Cambodian Master performers, bringing to this important human story a style of portraiture that has been called “iconic”, “moving”, and “deeply human”. Del Barrio will work closely to realize this ambitious vision with creative director Dwayne Shaw—an accomplished industry veteran and former creative director for Universal/Motown records, Vibe Magazine, and Time, Inc. This crew - with Columbian, African-American, Cuban and Armenian heritages - understands cultural conflict firsthand and is fully prepared to devote their collective talents to help the CLA. “To meet these masters who have persevered and are trying to preserve their culture speaks directly to me as an African-American. It takes courage”, said Shaw. To emphasize the reality of this Cambodian st ruggle, Del Barrio’s trademark combination of a Sinar view camera with 4” x 5” Kodak sheet film will be indispensable. The resulting work will be reproduced on a large scale and at a level of quality now unfamiliar to contemporary audiences. Traveling exhibitions, events, seminars, and a feature-length film will result from this concerted effort.

Chorn-Pond thinks the VRF is the perfect organization to help the CLA reintroduce Cambodia’s legendary art and culture to the larger world. “I’m very excited that The Vanderbilt Republic Foundation is going to Cambodia, to photograph [the] Masters,” he said. “To show the world. And to bring…their story to light.”

DriveIn Studios, Calumet Photographic, Root Capture, St. Lawrence University, The Public House and Brooklyn Brewery are providing support for the project, but the Vanderbilt Republic Foundation is looking for further donations to make this project a reality. To get involved, visit or call Matthew Bogosian at (718) 749-7775. For more information about Cambodian Living Arts, visit

Monday, June 29, 2009

2009 Wat Khmer San Jose Election Results

Voting result for position of organization's PRESIDENT:
  1. Phoeurth Sin............. 31 votes
  2. Perom Uch................... 5 votes
  3. Houth Chan................20 votes
  4. Candidate Declined..... 0 votes
  5. Van Chek .........58 votes
By a simple majority rule, "Van Chek" candidate 5, won the election and will have the authority to serve as PRESIDENT of San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society inc. (Wat Khmer San Jose) for the next 3 years starting July 28, 2009.

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