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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.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Friendly Meeting with Dr. Leakhena Nou: "Participating in the Ongoing Khmer Rouge Tribunal"

Dear Community,

You are cordially invited to friendly meet with Dr. Leakhena Nou, Medical Sociologist and Professor of Sociology at California State University, Long Beach.

When: Saturday, May 2, 2009 @ 4pm - 6pm
Where: Wat Khemara Rangsey - 1594 Cunningham Ave. San Jose, Ca 95122

Dr. Nou will share with our community about actively participating in the ongoing Khmer Rouge Tribunal (formally recognized as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia- ECCC). As survivors of the Khmer Rouge one could file complaints or act as civil parties in the procedural justice to try senior KR defendants for war crimes against humanity. The ECCC have made little effort to include the Cambodian diaspora in the procedural process, and for this reason Dr. Nou is spearheading the Cambodian Diaspora Victims’ Participation Project to ensure that voices from exiled survivors are not overlooked in the ECCC trial proceedings.

The project is organized under the auspices of her organization – the Applied Social Research Institute of Cambodia (ASRIC) in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Institute (A/P/A) @ New York University.

For Detail:




Best regards,
Chanthoeun To

Cambodian Community of San Jose
Cambodian American Resource Agency
Wat Khmer San Jose (San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc.)
Wat Khmer Krom Khemara Rangsey
Santa Clara Cambodian Women Association
And Active community members

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Below is a listing of news coverage of her outreach/workshops recently held in southern, CA.

Survivors tell of Khmer Rouge genocide

LONG BEACH: Testimony being collected may be used in tribunals of regime officials.
By Greg Mellen Staff Writer

Posted: 03/27/2009 09:59:53 PM PDT
http://www.presstelegram.com/

Cambodians seek justice

By Greg Mellen Staff Writer
Posted: 03/23/2009 10:00:29 PM PDT

http://www.presstelegram.com/search/ci_11981705?IADID=Search-www.presstelegram.com-www.presstelegram.com
Khmer Rouge survivors give voice to their 'silent suffering'
http://www.latimes.com/

Recently on Forum:

Wed, Feb 18, 2009 -- 10:00 AM
http://www.kqed.org/

From the Killing Fields to the Courtroom / Terry Tempest Williams
Thirty years ago, the Khmer Rouge regime oversaw the torture and genocide of at least 1.7 million Cambodians. As the first in a series of war crimes tribunals begins this week, we discuss the impact of the Khmer Rouge on the Cambodian people and the significance of the proceedings. In the second half hour, we talk with Terry Tempest Williams about her latest book, "Finding Beauty in a Broken World." In the book, Williams finds inspiration in the study of mosaics -- a pursuit which takes her from Ravenna, Italy to Bryce Canyon, Utah.
Host: Michael Krasny
Guests:



  • Leakhena Nou, assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach (first half hour)

  • Beth Van Schaack, associate professor of law at Santa Clara University and legal adviser to The Documentation Centre of Cambodia (first half hour)

  • Patrick Vinck, director of the Berkeley-Tulane Initiative on Vulnerable Populations at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley (first half hour)

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Year of the Ox - Celebration and Cultural Ceremonies at Watt Khemara Rangsey, San Jose California

Year of the Ox - Celebration and Cultural Ceremonies at Watt Khemara Rangsey, San Jose California

Saturday, April 18, 2009
Slonaker Elementary School (in front of Wat Khemara Rangsey)
1601 Cunningham Ave, San Jose, CA 95122


Last Saturday, the cultural and social event of Cambodian New Year 2553 B.E. was a big hit. Thanks to the committee leaders, our Co-Chairs, Miss Kara Uy and Miss. Davy Chea. More than thousand of local community across the Bay Area attended the evening. The New Year committee introduced a new show called, Khmer Singing Contest, and it drove the contestants' family and friends to show the support. With the Khmer Cultural dances, the Cambodian Cultural Dance Group blasted with its creative performance called, Polynesian Dance. Our special guests, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Mrs. Reed told the committee PR, Mr. Perom Uch that, they were amazed to see the big number of local community gathering. They were very thrilled to listen to our Keynote Speaker, Mr. Kelvin So. With the Starland Band, Samphet Khieu and Miss Molyna rocked the night with the big crowds.

While hundreds attended Wat Khmer San Jose (the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc.), Year of the Ox - Celebration and Cultural Ceremonies is still happening for Cambodian Community of San Jose Bay Area in this week till the weekend. The Venerables and members of Watt Khemara Rangsey would like to invite you and your family to celebrate the Cambodian New Year at Watt Khemara Rangsey.

On Saturday, April 18, the New Year Celebration will be held at Slonaker Elementary School (in front of Wat Khemara Rangsey) 1601 Cunningham Ave, San Jose, CA 95122. This day is the main celebration day of our New Year. The agenda for our New Year is as follows:
  • From 8:30a.m. - 11:00a.m. - Buddhist ceremony.
  • 11:00a.m. - 11:30a.m. - Speeches by Special Guest Speakers.
  • 11:30a.m. - 12:30p.m. - Cambodian Classical Dances
  • 12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:30p.m. - 2:00p.m. - Parade to welcome New Year Angles
  • 3:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. - Social Dances accompanied by Live Band Music (Free Admission)

Happy Cambodian New Year 2009!

Cambodian New Year 2009 Committee
Cambodian Community of San Jose: The San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc. (Wat Khmer San Jose), Watt Khemara Rangsey (Khmer Krom), Santa Clara County Cambodian Women’s Association, Cambodian American Resource Agency, San Jose Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe, Cambodian Language School.

http://www.caraweb.org
http://www.WatKhmerSanJose.org
http://www.unitedkhmerkrom.org/

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Cambodian-Americans Celebrate Cultural New Year in Grand Style on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Napredak Hall, San Jose, California

Cambodian-Americans Celebrate Cultural New Year in Grand Style on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Napredak Hall, San Jose, California

Year of Ox, the culture event will Feature Special Guest San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Keynote Speaker Mr. Kelvin So, Khmer Singing Contest Hosted by Samphet Khieu, Classical Skit/Fashion Show, Cultural Dance Performances, and Followed by Social Dance Accompanied by Miss Molyna and Mr. Samphet Khieu.

SAN JOSE, California. (April 10, 2009) – The Cambodian-American community of Santa Clara County will celebrate its 25th annual cultural New Year, year of the OX, on Saturday, April 11th, 2009 at the Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expy, San Jose, 95131 from 6:00PM to midnight.

This year, the cultural ceremonies (DAY TIME FESTIVITIES) will be held at Wat Khmer San Jose, the San Jose Cambodia Buddhist Society, Inc. The day long community celebration will begin at 9:00 AM and lasts for several days with Buddhist monks in saffron robes chanting and performing the New Year’s Blessing ceremony. These daytime festivities provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Khmer people who have made a new home in this country. In addition, there will also be a host of vendors displaying their arts and crafts and other Cambodian-related products.

The evening cultural program (ONE EVENING FESTIVITIES) begins at 6:00 PM and will feature several performances of Khmer classical ballet and folk dance, classical and folk music, as well as modern performances. This year will also highlight, Khmer Singing Contest, special guest San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Keynote Speaker Mr. Kelvin So who is the role model of being very active in community, and a Classical Skit/Fashion Show.

Most importantly, 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.

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.

This is a time for joy, unity and friendship for the whole community and we would like to wish you a peaceful new year. Let's hope that next year will bring us a step closer to where we wanted to be and what we wished to achieve. This event will not be successful without the help of volunteers and sponsors.

About Cambodian New Year 2009 Committee:
This year the Cambodian community in Santa Clara County, in collaboration with the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society (Wat Khmer San Jose ), the Santa Clara Cambodian Women Association, the Cambodian American Resource Agency, Cambodian Dance Troupe of San Jose, Cambodian School, and active community members, including volunteers and performers.

Miss Davy Chea - Co-Chair, Miss Kara Uy - Co-Chair,

Bilands Dy, Chamroen Yean, Channary Bill, Chanthoeun To, Charya Burt, Chhavy Nou, Colin Bill, Dara Kas (Yap), Freedman Ouk, Heng Sao, Jennifer Chan, Judi L Boun, Julie Dean, Kas Thon, Kelvin So, Keo Sarun, Kim Sreang Say, Kouern Seu, Layso Lor, Lee Anne C. Uch, Lena Y. Meas, Leslie Kim, Lillian Phannthay, Mony Khieu, Nepar Pen, Oulisany Chea, Perom Uch, Phalarine Yauy, Phillip Lim, Poev Halverson, Raline Von-Beulow, Ryan Robertson, Sambo Ouch, Sambun Boun, Sameth Lor, Savary Dean, Sivind Tep, Sokna Sar, Sokun Boun, Solida Chan, Sopheap Ngar, Sophy Saing, Sothy Prom, Sovandy Hang, Sucheali So, Tahry Ros, Thana Robertson, Thida Chhit, Vinita Kylin, Vuthy Meas

http://www.caraweb.org
http://www.WatKhmerSanJose.org

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Year of the Ox - 2009 at San Jose Bay Area

KHMER NEW YEAR is one of the major celebrations in Cambodian culture. It is based on
the lunar calendar, and is celebrated in mid-April. In San Jose Bay Area, the same ceremonies and activities are planned for and participated in. Even thousands of miles away from the land they were born in, Cambodians continue to honor and preserve their cultural heritage by sharing it with their children and new friends.

Cultural Ceremonies at Wat Khmer San Jose
the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc. 840 Merveyn's Way, San Jose, Ca 95127.
When: Saturday, April 11th through Thursday, April 16th

The Buddhist monks and committee of Wat Khmer San Jose would like to invite you and your family to join Cambodian New Year (http://www.WatKhmerSanJose.org).

Cultural Event at Nepredak Hall - 770 Montague Expy, San Jose, 95131
Cambodian New Year Festival 2009 Committee
Chaired by Miss. Kara Uy & Miss Davy Chea
Cambodian Community of San Jose: San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc., Santa Clara County Cambodian Women’s Association, Cambodian American Resource Agency, San Jose Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe, Cambodian Language School - http://www.caraweb.org/new_year/2009/
When: Saturday, April 11th @ 6pm - Midnight


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Sunday, April 5, 2009

KNY09 - Miss Molyna & Mr. Samphet Khieu

Cambodian New Year Festival 2009
Social Dance featuring:
Miss Molyna & Mr. Samphet Khieu

Cambodian New Year Festival Committee of San Jose Bay Area has been promoting many Khmer singers from unknown status to the most popular ones including: Im Sreypoeuv, Meas Somaly, Bopha Lor, Chaum Chorvin, Keo Pichchenda, and many more. This coming event, Davy and I would like to introduce you the new ones: Miss Molyna & Mr. Samphet Khieu.
>> If you are unable to view image, please click here <<
For more information:
Karay Uy, Co-Chair: kara.uy @ caraweb.org
Davy Chea, Co-Chair: davy.chea @ caraweb.org

>> Homepage of Cambodian New Year 2009 Festival << >> Khmer Singing Contest << >> Official Poster of Cambodian New Year 2009 Festival <<

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