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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.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Our Special Guest Speakers, Leaders

Dear Community,

The success of our Cambodian New Year celebration relies tremendously on community support, team work and participation. The presence of our community leaders and special guests during our community event will not only illustrate their dedication to our community, but it will also help illuminate the importance of our culture and celebration.

On behalf of the Cambodian New Year Committee, we proudly introduce our Special Guest Speakers, leaders that have made impact and will continue to play an integral part in shaping and changing our community.

Chuck Reed, Mayor of the City San Jose:
Chuck Reed, Mayor of the City San JoseElected on November 7, 2006, Chuck Reed is the 64th Mayor of the City of San Jose. Mr. Reed ran for City Council in 2000. He represents District 4 including Berryessa, North San Jose, and Alviso. We would like to extend our appreciation to Mr. Perom Uch, our very own extraordinary leader, for coordinating the invitation to Chuck Reed. To read more about Mayor Chuck Reed, please visit

Jose Esteves, Mayor of the City of Milpitas:
ose Esteves, Mayor of the City of MilpitasMayor Jose Esteves has always been a close friend to our community. Like previous years, his presence this year, is always appreciated. Surprisingly, our event will take place in Milpitas, where Mr. Esteves dedicates his commitment. Due to Ms. Vinita Kylin’s (committee member and Board member of Santa Clara County’s Cambodian Women’s Association) established relationship with the mayor, she has helped made his presence at our event possible.

Van Chek, President of the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc.:
Mr. Van ChekAside from the government officials, we have our very own Super-Star! Mr. Van Chek, our keynote speaker, is a prime example and displays characteristics of a dedicated community leader. Due to Mr. Van Check’s dedication and desire to improve the community, he has been elected as the President of the Cambodian Buddhist Society consecutively for 5 terms. In return, there are no expectations of monetary value but only the hope that our Cambodian community continue to unite and support each other. Growth can only happen with participation and an open heart. By Volunteering countless hours to a cause he believes in, he invites you to join Wat San Jose as they begin the building/renovation of the temple. Did we mention that he is also a member of our New Year Committee? There is always enough time if there is enough desire in your heart and he is an example of that.

Appreciate the real super-stars of the community and don’t forget to encourage and acknowledge them. Your appreciation and gratitude is a small but necessary token for their hard work. They make a difference in our lives, our children’s lives and our community. The results are not always tangible but the desire is great. We can not achieve or fuel energy into our vision unless we move forward as a team, a community that desires connection and growth.

Inspired? Please share your thoughts and feedback regarding our event and planning by contact us at

Best regards,
Mr. Chanthoeun To & Miss Kara Uy
Event Co-Chairs, Cambodian New Year Committee 2008

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