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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.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Happy New Year, Year of the Rat, 2552 B.E.!!!

Happy New Year, Year of the Rat, 2552 B.E.!!!
Wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous Khmer New Year
"Saum Choun Por Teing Praim Prakar Koeu: Ayu, Vannak, Sokhak, Polak, noeung Badekpheanak"

Cambodian New Year Festival 2008 - Bay Area - North California

Saturday, April 12, 2008 (8am - Midnight)
Milpitas Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Bvld, Milpitas, Ca 95035
- Morning: 8:30am - 1pm: Cultural Ceremony by Watt Khmer San Jose
- Evening: 5:30pm - Midnight
($20/person donated to community event)

  • Guest Speakers (San Jose Vice Mayor, Milpitas Mayor, Rep. of US Congress)

  • Cultural Performance

  • Fashion Show

  • Social Dance - Seak Meas Band & Miss Lor Bopha



Sunday - Monday - Tuesday, April 13, 14, 15, 2008
Watt Khmer San Jose: 840 Mervyn's Way, San Jose, Ca 95127
- 9am - 6pm: Mound up the sand, homage, offering food to monk....

Program of Watt Khmer San Jose

Video Clip of Event Sponsors:

Khmer Horoscope - Year of the Rat (in Khmer):

Poster of Cambodian New Year Cultural Festival 2008:

Description of Cultural Performance and Fashion Show:

Brief of Khmer New Year Festival:

Cambodian New Year 2008 Evening Program - April 12, 2008

All the Best Wishes!

Chanthoeun To & Miss Kara Uy
Cambodian New Year Festival Committee 2008
Cambodian-American community of Santa Clara County
http://www.caraweb.org/new_year/2008/

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Thanks to All Sponsors of Cambodian New Year Festival

Dear Community,

Based on the U.S. Census 2000, Cambodian-American population in the Bay Area - San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose - totaled approximately 10,500, but mostly concentrated in Oakland and San Jose. Among those in the region celebrating Cambodian New Year Festival 2008 are doctors, lawyers, engineers, college professors, teachers, small business owners, CEO/president of corporation, and military officers. This represents a small but integral part of society.

GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY

Many contribute their talents and their times to organize and coordinate during event planning and preparation. Others contribute financial by taking part as event sponsors. This year the San Jose Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe will be collaborating with Khmer Angkor Dance Troupe from Oakland to put a full schedule performance during the evening program. And for the first time, the evening entertainment will include traditional Cambodian ensembles from Angkor era apparel to modern fashion.

On behalf of the Cambodian New Year Festival Committee 2008, we would like to thank all of the sponsors for their financial support of the Cambodian New Year Festival 2008.

Best Regards,

Co-Chairs Mr. Chanthoeun To & Miss. Kara Uy

PERFORMANCE ARTS GRANTS BY:

Arts Council Silicon Valley
http://www.artscouncil.org

Farrington Historical Foundation
http://www.farringtonfoundation.org

Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose
http://www.sanjoseculture.org/


MAJOR SPONSOR:

Dr. Darith S. Khay Family Clinic
696 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 103, San Jose, Ca 95112


PREMIER SPONSORS:

Angkor Collision
1695 Angela St., San Jose, Ca 95125

Gardner Family Care Corporation
408-938-2137

Dr. Sovathana Khuong, Chiropractic
42 Race St., San Jose, Ca 95126
http://www.evchiro.com

Lucky Jewelry
2471 Alvin Ave., San Jose, Ca 95121


SPECIAL SPONSORS:

Dr. Steven Kas & Associates Optometry
5710 Cahalan Ave., Bldg. 2, San Jose, Ca 95123
http://www.kasod.com/

Farmers Insurance - Bodavy Boun, Agent
556 N. First St., #102, San Jose, Ca 95112

Sambath Boun's Accounting Services
408-394-8537


GOLD SPONSORS:

Arnold & Wilson, DDS
2930 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley
http://www.drhappytooth.com/

Quick Stop Market - Sopheap Ngar
1510 Mt. Pleasant Dr., #7094, San Jose, Ca 95127

Chez Sovan Restaurant
2425 South Bascom Ave. San Jose, Ca

Asian Pacific Family Resource Center
625 Wool Creek Dr., Suite F, San Jose, Ca 95112

Realty World – San Trinh
408-509-3889

Grand Fortune Restaurant
4100 Monterey Rd. San Jose, Ca 95111

Denise's Donut
4138 Monterey Rd. San Jose, Ca 95111

Mekong Jewelry
1954 Aborn Rd. San Jose, Ca 95121

Golden Jewelry & Gift Shop
2355-10 Mckee Rd. San Jose, Ca 95116

VV's Hardwood Floor
408-313-5350

Daily Donuts & Sandwiches
505 South Pastoria Ave. Sunnyvale, Ca 94086

Daily Donuts & Sandwiches
408 North Fair Oaks Ave. Sunnyvale, Ca 94085

Asian Market
2001 Story Rd. #500, San Jose, Ca 95122

Sonora Press, Inc.
http://www.sonorapress.biz

Costco Wholesale Corporation
http://www.costco.com


FASHION SHOW SPONSORS:

Banteay Srey Khmer Wedding Boutique
2430 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, Ca 90804

Darany's Fashion
2201 Anahaim St., 102, Long Beach, Ca 90804

Remtek Entrepreneur
Myspace.com/remtek

Lilies Hair Studios
330 S. Third St. San Jose, Ca. Tel: 408-885-1737
http://www.lilieshairstudios.com/

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Greetings from Congressman Michael M. Honda




Congress of the United States

House of Representatives

Greetings from Congressman Michael M. Honda on the Occasion of the 2008 Cambodian New Year


April 12, 2008

It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to this year's Cambodian New Year Festival, celebrating the coming "Year of the Rat." I would like to commend the efforts of the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Santa Clara County Cambodian Women Association, San Jose Cambodian Cultural Dance, Cambodian Language School, and Cambodian American Resource Agency for making this year’s festival possible.

The Cambodian American community in the Silicon Valley is as vibrant as ever. Today's event presents an opportunity for families and individuals to reflect on the past year and plan for the future. Equally important, the New Year’s celebration provides a platform to empower younger generations by educating them on their multifaceted heritage.

As a nation, we have encountered numerous challenges in the past years. However, we continue to maintain our resiliency as a community, and these celebrations humbly portray our unwavering spirit in the face of adversity. I am proud of represent the diverse community of the Silicon Valley, where our respective customs are woven together in a multicultural tapestry.

I offer my warmest welcome to all of you gathered for the 2008 Cambodian New Year ‘s Festival. I wish you all a Soursdey Chhnum Thmeiy.

Best Wishes,
Signed
Mike Honda
Member of Congress

Michael M. Honda, 15th District, California
Washington Office: 1713 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
District Office: 1999 South Bascom Ave., Suite # 815, Campbell, CA 95008

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CAMBODIAN-AMERICANS CELEBRATE CULTURAL NEW YEAR IN GRAND STYLE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008 AT MILPITAS COMMUNITY CENTER.

CAMBODIAN-AMERICANS CELEBRATE CULTURAL NEW YEAR IN GRAND STYLE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008 AT MILPITAS COMMUNITY CENTER.

This Year of Rat Will Feature Blessings by Buddhist Monks, Special Guests Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteve, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Keynote Speaker, Fashion Show, Cultural Dance Performances, and Followed by Social Dance Accompanied by Miss Lor Bopha, Miss Asian American Pageant.

SAN JOSE, California. (March 15, 2008) – The Cambodian-American community of Santa Clara County will celebrate its 24th annual cultural New Year, year of the RAT, on Saturday, April 12th, 2005 at the Milpitas Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035 from 9:00 AM to midnight. Typically, the New Year’s celebration lasts for three days, but we will be sponsoring this event for one fun-filled day of excitement.

In the previous years, where the public was warmly welcomed, thousands of people attended this holiday observance featuring blessings by Buddhist monks, traditional new year’s games, cultural dance performances, and social dance.

This year the day long community celebration will begin at 9:00 AM with Buddhist monks in saffron robes chanting and performing the New Year’s Blessing ceremony. These daytime festivities provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Khmer people who have made a new home in this country .In addition, there will also be a host of vendors displaying their arts and crafts and other Cambodian-related products.

The evening cultural program begins at 5:30 PM and will feature several performances of Khmer classical ballet and folk dance, classical and folk music, as well as modern performances. This year will also highlight special guests Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteve, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, and a fashion show incorporating a more modern flare.

The morning and afternoon festivities are free, however, contributions are requested at the door starting at 4:30 PM and thereafter. There is no contribution requested for children ages 9 and younger.

Most importantly, the celebration of "Khmer New Year" is a symbol to remind us of our culture and heritage. The Cambodian New Year Festival showcases the richness of Cambodian life in our community. The treasured folk culture and history of Cambodia delight the senses in colorful display of art, music, and dance.
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.

This is a time for joy, unity and friendship for the whole community and we would like to wish you a peaceful new year. Let's hope that next year will bring us a step closer to where we wanted to be and what we wished to achieve. This event will not be successful without the help of volunteers and sponsors.

About Us:
This year the Cambodian community in Santa Clara County, in collaboration with the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, the Santa Clara Cambodian Women Association, the Cambodian American Resource Agency, Cambodian Dance Troupe of San Jose, Cambodian School, Cultural Dance Group of Oakland, and active community members, has 180 members including volunteers and performers:
Chanthoeun To - Co-Chairperson, Miss Kara Uy - Co-Chairperson, Phillip Lim, Chamroeun Yean, Jennifer Chan, Franliny Khuon, Van Chek, Nepar Penn, Bun So, Kelvin So, Peter Chan, Promoul Ban, Vearday Chea, Vinita Kylin, Paul Tun, Davy Chea, Perom Uch, Channary Bill, Leslie Kim, Tahry Ros, Sambun Boun, Sovandy Hang, Keo Yim, and more...

To learn more about our sponsors.

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