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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.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

George Bush and Laura Sending Wishes for Khmer New Year.



THE WHITE HOUSE
Washington

April 2008


I send greeting to those celebrating the Cambodian New Year, the Year of the Rat.

In our country and around the world, men, women, and children of Cambodian descent mark the New Year with a spirit of renewal and hope. This occasion is an opportunity for Cambodians to share their traditions and celebrate their heritage with family and friends.

During this celebration, we also are reminded of our country's legacy of diversity. We recognize the many Cambodian Americans who are a pat of our great Nation and contribute to its success.

Laura and I send our best wishes for a joyous New Year.

Signed [George Bush]

The actual letter can be downloaded via PDF Format: George Bush & Laura Sending Wishes for Cambodian New Year, Year of the Rate


Letter delivered by Former Ambassador Siv Sichan, the 28th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, during his participating in Cambodian New Year Committee's social gathering on Saturday, May 3, 2008, in San Jose, California. In 1989, Siv became the first American of Asian ancestry to be appointed a Deputy Assistant to President of the United States, under George H.W. Bush. In March 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Siv as a delegate to the 57th U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Later that same year, Siv was nominated and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the 28th U.S. To learn more about Siv Sichan, http://www.sichansiv.com/

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