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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

Post New Year & Community Activities

Dear Community,

It's about a month after the Cambodian New Year. This year's Cambodian New Year Festival 2008 event was different. It went very well and exceeded our expectations. Because of the fashion show, beautiful and lively cultural performance, Cambodian language school, solo entertainer Savy Rizzy, and social dance with Seak Meas Band accompanied by Ms. Lor Bopha, the event was big hit. The Milpitas Community Center (MCC) was filled with people by 6pm. By 9:00pm, our security staff had to re-organize and re-arrange the inside before allowing more people to enter the MCC. By 10:30pm, our committee decided to give FREE entry to the late comers.

This year, the VIP Coordinators, Mr. Perom Uch and Mrs. Vinita Kylin, did a great job by having three Special Guests, Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, San Jose Vice Mayor Dave Cortese and representative of Congressman Mike Honda. Mr Uch said, Mrs. Cortese had an interest in cultural show and insisted on staying longer. The stage management team, Mrs. Channary Bill, Mr. Sovandy Hang, Miss Amanda Yean, and Mr. Kelvin So did a fabulous job organizing the show accordingly within the time frame. Not only as Master of Ceremony, Mr. Sovandy is also an entertainer. He invited the audience to play traditional game called, Don-Doeurm-Slek-Chher". Not only as DJ, but Mr. Kelvin So is also an excellent decorator. With his team, the stage has the professional quality for our entertaining performances.

On behalf of our New Year's team, we would like to thank all of you, the cheerful community, for your support and participating in the event. However, there is always room to improve. We, the committee, would like to ask you to give us feedback by emailing to newyear @ Your feedback will be taken seriously and discussed in our New Year's post meeting.


The success can not overcome without Cambodian New Year Festival 2008 Committee, participating groups, all active community members, and the financial sponsors. This year, we have the very skilled and experienced team who has passion and enthusiasm for the community and have made every effort to achieve our goal. As the chairpersons, Kara and I would like to thank you all and to give big applause to our team.


Photos of the Cambodian New Year Festival 2008

During the Committee's social gathering on Saturday, May 3, 2008, the former Ambassador Siv Sichan, the 28th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, delivered us the letter sent by President George Bush to wish Khmer New Year. View letter from President George Bush
To learn more about Siv Sichan,

At the same time, Ms. Bopha Lor, singer during the event, commented on our event with her gratitude. View her letter.


With the leadership of Mr. Van Chek, the President of the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc. and sub-committee of Watt San Jose Renovation, the old building was torn down completely and it's about ready to start the construction. Mr. VanChek reported that the loan is approved. The photos of Wat Khmer San Jose


Cambodian Women's Association took its leadership on behalf of Cambodian community of San Jose to conduct the humanitarian help to raise funds for Chea Yuthan & Som Vann Soudany Orphanage Foundation. The foundation is run by Mr. Than Tharith, the son of the former popular stars, Chea Yutthan and Som Vann Soudany. Mr. Than Tharith and his daughter visited San Jose and some residences of Cambodian-Americans. Cambodian Women Association donated $500 to the foundation, set up the fundraising party in San Jose, and arranged his visit to the homes of Khmers. As part of this fund raising, Bodavy Boun Farmer Insurance & Sambath Boun Accounting Services donated $500 (plus $445 raised at their home), Dell Laptop, a brand new Sony digital camera (value of $500), Medicines: (Tylenol, Motrin, Bengay, Cream, Anti-diarhea, Shampoo, Oil of Olay [all at value of $300].

Best regards,

Chanthoeun To & Kara Uy


George Bush and Laura Sending Wishes for Khmer New Year.


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,


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

ThankYou from Miss Lor Bopha

Miss Lor Bopha at Cambodian New Year Festival 2008Thank you for having me as a part of that special New Year event. I thought your crew, Cambodian New Year Festival 2008 Committee and team did a fantastic job for the community. I commend you and the others for all your hard work in trying to preserve our culture, heritage, and traditions. It's a big responsibility and demands a lot of your time, commitment, and efforts; at times, not many people can appreciate your doing and those involve enough. I appreciate it.

I had a great time performing with the Seak Meas Band and the other singers. The crowd was awesome too!

I was so glad to have met you, Miss Kara Uy. Saied and I would like to give our sincere thanks to you and all the crew members involved. Hopefully, Cambodian New Year Festival 2009 Committee will give me the opportunity to be involved with more future events. Once again, thanks for everything and may the new year shower you and your family with happiness and prosperity.

Ms. Hassina B. Lor