Everyone has the right to tell their own story. This past week, the Cambodian Experience gave the community a continued look at Cambodia’s rich culture (a previous version of the exhibit was shown in 2017) through a five-day long exhibit with performances, panels and workshops.
Sophy Reese noted that, “the purpose of the exhibit was to educate the community, to pass down to the next generation. We don’t want our history to be lost.”
She told me that Stockton schools used to teach Khmer (the language spoken in Cambodia) and have Cambodian clubs. Reese said she would like to see students advocate for these opportunities again. Panelist Randy Kim exclaimed, “If we don’t tell our stories someone else will. We can’t wait for a seat at the table.”