Cambodian Community Press Release

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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, January 22, 2009

Acknowledge the grants and contributions

December 31, 2008

For calendar year 2008, CARA would like to acknowledge the grants and contributions from the following grant makers and individuals, without whom our arts program would not have been possible.

Arts Council Silicon Valley - Community Arts Fund

Arts Council Silicon Valley – Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts

Arts Council Silicon Valley - Arts Choice

City of San Jose - Office of Cultural Affairs

The Farrington Historical Foundation

Bank of America - Local Heroes Award Beneficiary

Mrs. Leslie Kim & Mr. Pancho Chang’s Family

CARA also wishes to acknowledge the support of volunteering staff and parents/guardians for both the language instruction and the cultural dance programs. Thank you.

Board of Directors, CARA


Local Heroes Winner, Mrs. Savary Dean

Congratulations to
Mrs. Savary Dean
Bank of America’s "2008 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards"
Local Heroes Winner!

Mrs. Savary Dean, Instructor- has donated her time and talents as a Khmer dance instructor to the Cambodian children of San Jose for the past 10 years. In her own words, "It is very improtant to continue our Cambodian culture and spirit to the next generation. It is my pleasure to pass my Khmer dance knowledge to teach our children." Mrs. Dean was trained as a young girl at the University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh before the Khmer Rouge era. When she was luckily returned to Phnom Penh after the 4 dreadful years she went back to the Fine Arts university. A short time later she joined her family in a journey to the U.S. in 1982. She is residing with her husband and 2 wonderful children in San Jose.