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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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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

MC: Mr. Sovandy Hang & Miss Amanda Yean

Dear Community,

The Year of the Rat
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him during New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in rat years tend to be leaders, pioneers, and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking.

Cambodian New Year: Only moments away!

Cambodian New year is about a month and half away. Our committee is still hard at work in planning the details of the New Year celebration. We are excited and look forward to the New Year’s cultural dance, fashion show and social dance. We are also pleased to announce our Masters of Ceremony (MC’s), Mr. Sovandy Hang and Miss Amanda Yean.

Mr. Sovandy HangMr. Sovandy Hang is very active in the Cambodian community. Aside from being a part of Cambodian New Year’s planning for several years, he was formally part of the Cambodian Literacy School of San Jose. Mr. Hang, currently resides in Oakland, Ca and is an active participant in the Cambodian community there.

Miss Amanda YeanMiss Amanda Yean also plays an active part in her community. Being the daughter of Mrs. Chamroeun Yean, whom is a member of our New Year committee, Amanda is dedicated in preserving the Cambodian culture. For many years, starting as a child, Amanda performs cultural dances with the Cambodian Dance Troupe of San Jose.

Committee Meeting: Friday, February 29, 2008

To learn more about our planning and preparation, we welcome you to attend the Cambodian New Year Committee meeting this upcoming Friday on February 29, 2008 at The Asian Pacific Family Resource Center (APFC) located on 625 Wool Creek Dr. Suite F, San Jose, Ca 95112 (Room #1). The meeting will begin at 6:30pm –8:00pm.

As always, especially during our last few meetings, your input, opinions, and comments, are essential to the success of our event. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Best regards,
Chanthoeun To & Kara Uy

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