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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.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Social Dance, Fashion Show, & Cultural Dance

Dear Community,

In Collaborating with the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, the Santa Clara Cambodian Women Association, the Cambodian American Resource Agency, and community members, the Cambodian New Year Festival Committee (CNYF-2008) has been hard at work in preparing and planning the Cambodian New Year event on April 12, 2008, located at Milpitas Community Center. Without the efforts of our volunteers and community members, our important celebration would not be possible. We would like to thank you.

Although we have made great progress, we still have a lot to do. Our committee only has about five more meetings to plan and prepare for our community event. During our last few meetings, it is imperative that we have your support and suggestions on details of our event. This celebration is salient to all of us so your thoughts opinions, and comments, are essential to the success of our event.

We look forward to seeing you at our 7th Meeting this Friday, January 25, 2008, commencing at 6:30pm-8: 30pm. We will meet at the Asian Pacific Family Resource Center (APFC) located on 625 Wool Creek Dr. Suite F, San Jose, Ca 95112 (Room #1)

UPDATE/PROGRESS:

Band/singer:

Miss Lor BophaThe talented Seak Meas Band will accompany our social dance. Unfortunately, as some of you many already know, one of the band's members, Pou Sambok, passed away not too long ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. This year, his band will play to celebrate his life and in memory of him. Miss Bopha Lor, the popular singer from Southern California, will be our main singer/entertainer for the social dance. Bopha won the Asian American Pageant a few years ago and has been entertaining/singing for numerous years. Along with Bopha, we will have other singers from the Bay Area (TBA).

Special Event:
This year we would also like to do a fashion show incorporating a more modern flare. We are in the process of getting donations and Sponsors from our community leaders and other retail stores. Currently we have three Khmer designers who have offered to create unique pieces for the show. This will be a high fashion, trendy fashion show, infused with Khmer elements. During the intervals of the fashion show, we will have performers and other creative acts. If you know any one interested in being a part of the fashion show (model, designer, make-up artist, etc) or would like to perform during the intervals, please contact us. We will schedule meetings and a photo-shoot soon. We need help in obtaining Khmer inspired clothing. If you know anyone that can be of help, please refer him or her to our committee.

Cultural Dance:
An intrinsic part of our culture is the traditional Cambodian dances. The Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe, in collaboration with the Cultural Dance Group of Oakland are preparing cultural performances that aims to preserve our culture and to remind our youths of our rich heritage. Students meet for practice and dance lessons every Friday at Tully's Library. For more information, please visit

Wat San Jose: Building New Hope
It is of extreme happiness to announce that
the building/renovation permit for Wat Khmer of San Jose has been approved by the city. The Sub-Committee of the temple's renovation project has been selected and formed to retain contractors, review legal terms and issues, and manage project financing/schedule. Should you have any questions regarding the renovation, please contact Wat Khmer of San Jose. This is an exciting new year for all of us. The approval and building of our temple is illuminates new hope and great teamwork.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication towards the community!

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

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