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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.


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,
on
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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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cambodian New Year Festival 2009 Committee

Dear Community,

Everyone seems very busy and very cautious at the moment of the economic downturn. Even with our valuable time and very tight spare time, the local community of Santa Clara, in collaboration with the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, the Santa Clara Cambodian Women Association, the Cambodian American Resource Agency and active community members, still enables to form Cambodian New Year Festival 2009 (CNYF-09) committee in preparing and planning for the celebration of the coming "Year of The Ox 2553 B.E."

On behalf of the local community, I would like to congratulate Ms. Kara Uy and Ms. Davy Chea for accepting the nomination and voluntarily taking the role of the Chairwomen of CNYF-09 committee. Co-Chairs, Ms. Uy and Ms. Chea with their team, have been preparing their plan quietly and actively since December of 2008. Lots of progress have been made and will be announced soon. If you would like to join the team, please contact our Co-Chairs, kara.uy @ caraweb.org or davy.chea @ caraweb.org

This year, CNYF-09 will be celebrated on Saturday, April 11th, 2009. The morning program, Cultural Ceremony, will be celebrated at the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc. (Wat Khmer San Jose). The evening program will be at the Napradak Hall, 770 Montague Expy, San Jose, 95131 and features:
  • Khmer Talent Show
  • Fashion Show
  • Cultural Performance
  • Social Dance
More update will be on http://www.caraweb.org/press

Wat Khmer San Jose
Under the leadership of Mr. Van Chek, President of Wat Khmer San Jose, the team of the temple renovation have been making their efforts to project that the temple should be ready by April for Cambodian New Year. Also, this is to inform local community that the new URL of the website is changed to http://www.WatKhmerSanJose.org More updated is on the way.

Cambodia New Year Festival 2009 Committee
Ms. Kara Uy - Co-Chair
Ms. Davy Chea - Co-Chair
Phillip Lim, Kelvin So, Van Chek, Channary Bill, Sovandy Heng, Thana Kong, Tahry Ros, Nepar Penn, Bun So, Paul Tun, Layso Lor, Sameth Lor, Perom Uch, Franliny Khuon, Jennifer Chan, Peter Chan, Chamroeun Yean, Vinita Kylin, Leslie Kim, Savary Dean, Raline Von-Below, Chanthoeun To, and many more.

Ms. Davy Chea, Co-Chair
Ms. Chea joined CARA in August of 1999. She has also been a part of the dance troupe as a volunteer dancer. She comes from a long history of community service taking after her father who worked with Wat Khmer San Jose until 1998. She was the former President, former Vice President, and former Treasurer of the Independence High School Cambodian Club. She was rewarded with, "CARA Award" for her outstanding work in the community.
Ms. Kara Uy, Co-Chair
Ms. Uy is an active volunteer to organizations that believe in positive change, including acting as a board of director for Santa Clara County Cambodian Women's Association. One of her greatest attributes is her dedication to the community. For almost a decade, she has been a Domestic Violence Family Advocate at Asian American's for Community Involvement. Kara’s creative endeavors include photography, music, writing and entrepreneurialism.


Best regards,
Chanthoeun To

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Friday, April 4, 2008

CAMBODIAN-AMERICANS CELEBRATE CULTURAL NEW YEAR IN GRAND STYLE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008 AT MILPITAS COMMUNITY CENTER.

CAMBODIAN-AMERICANS CELEBRATE CULTURAL NEW YEAR IN GRAND STYLE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008 AT MILPITAS COMMUNITY CENTER.

This Year of Rat Will Feature Blessings by Buddhist Monks, Special Guests Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteve, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Keynote Speaker, Fashion Show, Cultural Dance Performances, and Followed by Social Dance Accompanied by Miss Lor Bopha, Miss Asian American Pageant.

SAN JOSE, California. (March 15, 2008) – The Cambodian-American community of Santa Clara County will celebrate its 24th annual cultural New Year, year of the RAT, on Saturday, April 12th, 2005 at the Milpitas Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035 from 9:00 AM to midnight. Typically, the New Year’s celebration lasts for three days, but we will be sponsoring this event for one fun-filled day of excitement.

In the previous years, where the public was warmly welcomed, thousands of people attended this holiday observance featuring blessings by Buddhist monks, traditional new year’s games, cultural dance performances, and social dance.

This year the day long community celebration will begin at 9:00 AM 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 begins at 5:30 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 special guests Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteve, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, and a fashion show incorporating a more modern flare.

The morning and afternoon festivities are free, however, contributions are requested at the door starting at 4:30 PM and thereafter. There is no contribution requested for children ages 9 and younger.

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 Us:
This year the Cambodian community in Santa Clara County, in collaboration with the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, the Santa Clara Cambodian Women Association, the Cambodian American Resource Agency, Cambodian Dance Troupe of San Jose, Cambodian School, Cultural Dance Group of Oakland, and active community members, has 180 members including volunteers and performers:
Chanthoeun To - Co-Chairperson, Miss Kara Uy - Co-Chairperson, Phillip Lim, Chamroeun Yean, Jennifer Chan, Franliny Khuon, Van Chek, Nepar Penn, Bun So, Kelvin So, Peter Chan, Promoul Ban, Vearday Chea, Vinita Kylin, Paul Tun, Davy Chea, Perom Uch, Channary Bill, Leslie Kim, Tahry Ros, Sambun Boun, Sovandy Hang, Keo Yim, and more...

To learn more about our sponsors.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Happy New Year - Miss Kara Uy

Dear All,

Happy New Year! Hopefully everyone had a great Christmas and New Year holiday.

Now, let’s get back to our preparation and planning for the Cambodian New Year Festival 2008 (CNYF-08), "Year of the Rat 2552 B.E." We, the committee, would like to inform you that the CNYF-08’s facility has changed to a new location as indicated below, but the date will be still the same, Saturday, April 12, 2008.

Milpitas Community Center
457 E. Calaveras Blvd.,
Milpitas, CA 95035

Just like passed years, the committee started with a small number of people. And this year, I would like to let everyone know that we have a very outstanding member among us. That is Miss Kara Uy. Kara is a member of the SCCCWA, and she is very energetic. She works with passion in helping to drive the planning stage, and has been making very quick and effective decisions such as as finding and securing the new location and scouting for vocal talents.

This is only her first year in the committee, but she already is taking leadership positions as co-chair of the committee, involves in searching/evaluating facilities, retain live band and singer(s), and has also committed to manage the fashion show as part of evening entertainment program. If you want to be a model in the fashion show or know someone who wants to be a model, please contact her life.notesyahoo.com. If you want to share your view with her, please come to the CNYF’s meeting on January 25. I am proud to work with her as co-chair of the committee.

Best regards,
Chanthoeun To
newyear@caraweb.org
http://www.caraweb.org/new_year/2008/

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Announce New Year Committee

Announce Cambodian New Year Festival and 2008 Committee

Dear Community

On behalf of the Cambodian community in the Santa Clara County, we would like to announce the commencement of the Community Khmer New Year 2008 Committee (CKNY-08 Committee). Every year the local Cambodian community comes together to plan and prepare for the annual Khmer New Year Celebration around mid April the following year. Everyone is welcomed to join!

This year the Cambodian community, in collaboration with the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, the Santa Clara Cambodian Women Association, the Cambodian American Resource Agency and active community members, will be celebrating the coming “Year of The Rat 2552 B.E.” featuring:

» Morning Program (8am - noon): Cultural Ceremony
» Evening Program (4pm - midnight):
• Fashion Show Featuring American-Cambodian Styles
• Cultural Performance by San Jose Group & Oakland Group
• Social Dance with popular singers
• More...

Please contact newyearcaraweb.org, if you think:
• you can be a model for the Fashion Show;
• you can dance for the cultural performance;
• you would like join CKNY-08 Committee.

CKNY-08's Committee meets on Friday evening byweekly (6:30pm - 8:30pm). Because of the holiday season, we will meet again on Janaury 25, 2008 at Asian Pacific Family Resource Center: Room #1: 625 Wool Creek Dr., #F, San Jose, Ca 95112

Go to the page of Cambodian New Year Festival 2008 for more info

On behalf of CKNY-08's Committee, we would like to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Best regards,

Mr. Chanthoeun To, Co-Chairperson
Mr. Chanthoeun To
Co-Chairperson

Miss Kara Uy, Co-Chairperson
Miss Kara Uy
Co-Chairperson

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