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Culturally-specific campaign, ‘Cambodian Rock Band,’ a first for local theaters and Khmer community

“Not often. That was only my second play I’ve been to,” said Prenz Sa-Ngoun, a Khmer American community member. “It was good to see so many people in the community present, I was in...

How to celebrate Khmer New Year in 2021

Note: This piece was originally published in the South Seattle Emerald and is republished with permission. April is Khmer New Year Month! While the holiday traditionally takes place April 13–16, the local Khmer diaspora celebrates every...

Families and organizers hope for progress in murder charge of Auburn police officer

“Justice for Jesse…history is made,” said Steven, a family member of Jesse Sarey, speaking at a rally on Monday, August 24, 2020, in front of the Maleng Justice Center in Kent, following the bail...

On the tradition of Khmer New Year

Covid-19 has had a major impact on the region, both socially and economically, upending people’s day to day in its wake.  For the Khmer community, the quarantine has come during arguably their most important cultural...

As Khmer New Year events have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19, people...

Covid-19 has had a major impact on the region, both socially and economically, upending people’s day to day in its wake.  For the Khmer community, the quarantine has come during arguably their most important cultural...

Amidst COVID-19, Khmer community adapts

“It’s a different feeling, it’s eerily quiet, without the grandchildren around… not seeing the kids around, it’s really tough… in English, they call it, ‘lonely’ right?” said Sinourn Chi.   Sinourn and her husband Kong...

Incarcerated individuals and activists deliver demands to Governor Inslee that include healthy food, fair...

On Tuesday November 5, 2019, almost two dozen members of the Clallam Bay Strike Community Support Group (CBSCSG) showed up at the office of Governor Jay Inslee. The group was there to deliver six...

APA Legislative Day creates space for community members to celebrate and connect

“We’re here for a meeting… honestly I’m not sure, I’m just here to be here,” said Khin Chuop excitedly, fighting to speak through the pork hum bao in his mouth. This was his first...

Khmer American community mobilizes to help release two Seattle-Tacoma area men from ICE custody

On December 10, 2018, three Khmer American men from the Seattle-Tacoma area were released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody after being detained since September at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. They were...

Building community beyond walls: Deportation Town Hall educates prison community and administration

“Our goal is to change the narrative, change the perception of the public when they think of immigrants or when they think of deportation to where they not only think of the Hispanic community...