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Lowrider car club Eazy Duz It builds community and feels like family

“It’s always been about the cars. Always been about the friends. It’s a family thing. You’ll know you’re there when you’re there,” said Marson Ear who doesn’t own a lowrider but volunteers year after...

Many cultures fighting environmental injustice, displacement along the Duwamish waterways

Over a century or so later, the cycle of environmental injustice and displacement is playing out again for the marginalized communities that live in and around the Duwamish waterways and rely on it for food and recreation

Taking a leap of faith: A different type of journey

Cambodian (Khmer) Community Fellow I was suddenly free. And just like that, physically and mentally, my hands, my thoughts, all of it asked, “What’s next?” Travel. And that’s what I did. I went deeper into the...

Khmer Americans celebrate high school and college graduates; address issues of access to higher...

On Saturday May 19, 2018, the Cambodian American Community Council of WA (CACCWA) held its second annual Cambodian Graduation Celebration at the SeaTac Community Center

Tacoma establishes Commission on Immigrants and Refugees Affairs

On April 10, 2018, the city of Tacoma passed a resolution appointing 11 members to the Commission on Immigrants and Refugees Affairs. This follows a December 13, 2017, resolution establishing the need to create...

Governor Jay Inslee appoints community activist Sina Sam to CAPAA

Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed longtime community activist Sina Sam to a position on the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA), making her the first Khmer American woman to serve on its board....

Meet Savannah Son, KhSA of UW president and F.I.G.H.T. intern

Savannah Son is a second generation Cambodian American whose family resettled in the U.S. following the Cambodian Genocide and the fallout from the Vietnam War. She is the current Khmer Student Association of the University of Washington (KhSA UW) President and an intern at Formerly Incarcerated Groups Healing Together (F.I.G.H.T.), an organization that advocates on behalf of and provides reintegration support for incarcerated community members returning to society

White Center bakery becomes community center for local Cambodian Americans

It’s a Saturday morning at Golden House Bakery in White Center, and it’s bustling with conversations over coffee, donuts, papaya salad and Khmer BBQ lemongrass skewers. In one corner, the Cambodian Cultural Alliance of Washington...

Cambodian Genocide survivors speak about their experiences at film screening

On Wednesday, December 6, Rajana Society, in conjunction with the UW Graduate School and the UW Southeast Asia Center, hosted a screening of First They Killed My Father, a movie co-written and directed by...

IE fellowship spotlight: Word of mouth is how the Cambodian American community communicates

For the past six months, the 2017-2018 IE fellows have engaged with and immersed themselves in four different immigrant/refugee communities within the Puget Sound area. In this issue, they write from the perspective of...