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Jared McKiernan

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Cambodia Long Beach, CA Quest for Cambodia Town This was intensified by the political reign of terror brought on by Pol Pot, who seized power of the Khmer Rouge in 1975. His attempt to create a totally agrarian society left the country in chaos and an estimated three million Cambodians dead. 50,000 Cambodia Town is home to roughly Khmer That's nearly of Long Beach's total population Why Khmer? Though instrumental to the city's culture, character and economy, Khmer haven't always been a staple of Long Beach. In fact, it wasn't until around 40 years ago that Khmer refugees began settling in "The City by the Sea." 10% Many Khmer began to seek refuge in safer environments, leaving their native land and entering the United States. This movement saw one city in particular as a focal point. Cambodia entered a state of political and cultural upheaval in the late 1950s. did they come to WHY LONG BEACH? did so many flee from their homeland WHY ? ? ? ? ? ? ? "Cambodia Town?" And when did Cambodia Town become To answer these questions, let's take a trip to the heartland of the Khmer. Greater Los Angeles and Long Beach in particular, offered a great deal to displaced Cambodians.
Also, a climate that allows for year-round gardening. Cambodians were able to grow the fruits, vegetables, and herbs they were accustomed to. An established Asian population with restaurants and markets providing many of the foods and services Cambodians enjoyed. A multitude of inexpensive housing Many entry level jobs in local industry and at the port. The Cambodian population experienced a sharp surge in the 80s and 90s and many established successful businesses in Central Long Beach. After extensive debate and several public comments, the City Council voted to designate the stretch of Anaheim Street between Junipero Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard as "Cambodia Town" on July 3, 2007. Some community members argued against official designation for fear that it could amplify the Cambodian-Latino rivalry in the area. Cambodian community activists began working to obtain Long Beach city council approval to officially designate the Anaheim Street corridor as "Cambodia Town." On October 25, 2006, the city council approved a 90-day review period to allow more discussion within the community. 2001 2006 2007
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