Phen: Next generation of Cambodian Americans reclaim their cultural narrative

The community in Lowell understands culture plays a huge role in the everyday lives of many folks. Because of this, the next generation of Cambodian Americans are taking action to preserve and celebrate their cultural history.

They are looking to cultivate and archive this history but are also using their unique perspectives to revitalize forgotten art forms that could be potentially lost or forgotten in time through assimilation, acculturation, colonization, war and genocide.

Much of the literature and art from Cambodia’s past were destroyed when the Khmer Rouge came into power and attempted to erase and rewrite its history. What has been salvaged over the years after their regime has come from the memory of those who survived the tragedy. They hold the key to keeping the rich culture of Cambodia alive.

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